Astrophysics (index)

Kuiper Belt

(Edgeworth-Kuiper Belt)
(further part of solar system beyond Neptune)

The Kuiper Belt is a region beyond Neptune (20-50 AU) with minor planets such as Comets and Asteroid-like objects. It was hypothesized over time, notably Kenneth Edgeworth in 1943 and Gerard Kuiper in 1951, and was clearly identified in 1992. Bodies in the Kuiper Belt are known s Kuiper Belt Objects (KBOs). Among the largest:

  • Pluto (previously classified as a planet)
  • Eris
  • Makemake
  • Haumea

(comet,solar system)

Referenced by:
New Horizons