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New Horizons’ Data of Pluto/Charon Show Rarity of Small Kuiper Belt Objects

5 Mar 2019, 00:46 UTC
New Horizons’ Data of Pluto/Charon Show Rarity of Small Kuiper Belt Objects NASA / JHUAPL / SwRI

The Kuiper Belt is a vast region of rocky debris in the outer Solar System beyond Neptune, similar to the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter. The objects in this belt – Kuiper Belt Objects (KBOs) – are ancient, left over from the formation of the Solar System billions of years ago, and range in size from a few hundred feet to a few thousand miles. 

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