Kuiper belt object

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Kuiper belt object any of many minor planets in the Kuiper belt outside the orbit of Neptune at the edge of the solar system
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Usage


In news:

Scientists are interested in dust that the New Horizons is expected to encounter in the Kuiper Belt, where they believe icy objects contain samples of ancient material.
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In science:

Considered as remnants from the formation of the solar system, these Trans–Neptunian Objects (TNOs) constitu te the Edgeworth –Kuiper Belt (EKB), therefore also frequentl y known as Kuiper Belt Objects (KBOs).
Reopening the TNOs Color Controversy: Centaurs Bimodality and TNOs Unimodality
Solar System objects. — The high sensitivity and angular resolution of eSMA will enable important studies of Solar System ob jects to be carried out, such as comets, Kuiper Belt Ob jects (KBOs), trans-Neptunian ob jects and Centaurs.
The eSMA: description and first results
Even in our own solar system, after Gyrs of evolution, there is evidence of Kuiper belt objects scattered by Neptune, for example, Jupiter Family Comets or Neptune’s scattered disc.
Scattering of small bodies by planets: a potential origin for exozodiacal dust ?
All three of these large objects occupy high-inclination orbits and belong to the scattered Kuiper Belt population.
First Fruits of the Spitzer Space Telescope: Galactic and Solar System Studies
Summary of the rapidly evolving field of Kuiper Belt objects. Reipurth B, Jewitt D, Keil K, ed. 2006.
First Fruits of the Spitzer Space Telescope: Galactic and Solar System Studies
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