Kuiper Belt

Comets' Heads Can Be Green, But Never Their Tails: After 90 Years, We Finally Know Why

Every so often, the Kuiper Belt and Oort Cloud throw galactic snowballs made up of ice, dust and rocks our way: 4.6-billion-year-old leftovers from the formation of the solar system.
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Measuring The Brightness Of Our Galaxy At Key Ultraviolet Wavelength

A new study led by Southwest Research Institute determined the brightness of the galactic Lyman-alpha background using a SwRI-developed instrument aboard NASA's Kuiper Belt space probe, New Horizons.
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Cold Classical Kuiper Belt Objects

The Kuiper Belt is a disk of small icy bodies, thought to be remnants of the early Solar System, that circles the Sun from the orbit of Neptune (about 30 astronomical units, AU, from the Sun) to about 50 AU. KBOs orbit at significant inclination...
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Two Bizarre Red Asteroids Somehow Migrated From The Kuiper Belt All The Way To The Main Asteroid...

If asked to pick what color asteroids in the asteroid belt would be, red is likely not one that would come to mind for most people.  But that is exactly the color of two new asteroids found by Hasegawa Sunao of JAXA and an international team of...
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Nasa's Webb To Explore A Neighboring, Dusty Planetary System

Planetary systems are very busy places. In addition to the planets orbiting their host star, planetary systems are chock full of dust and other fragments left over from planet formation - a debris disk. Our own solar system includes the Kuiper Belt,...
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New Evidence Our Neighborhood In Space Is Stuffed With Hydrogen

Only the two Voyager spacecraft have ever been there, and it took than more than 30 years of supersonic travel. It lies well past the orbit of Pluto, through the rocky Kuiper belt, and on for four times that distance. This realm, marked only by an...
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Nasa's Webb To Examine Objects In The Graveyard Of The Solar System

Beyond the orbit of Neptune, a diverse collection of thousands of dwarf planets and other relatively small objects dwells in a region called the Kuiper Belt. These often-pristine leftovers from our solar system's days of planet formation are called...
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Astronomers Discover Activity On Distant Planetary Object

Centaurs are minor planets believed to have originated in the Kuiper Belt in the outer solar system. They sometimes have comet-like features such as tails and comae—clouds of dust particles and gas—even though they orbit in a region between...
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Uranus’ Moons Are Surprisingly Similar To Dwarf Planets In The Kuiper Belt

Astronomer William Herschel discovered Uranus—and two of its moons—230 years ago. Now a group of astronomers working with data from the telescope that bears his name, the Herschel Space Observatory, have made an unexpected discovery. It looks...
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Rogue's Gallery Of Dusty Star Systems Reveals Exoplanet Nurseries

The Gemini Planet Imager on the Gemini South telescope looked at 104 young, nearby stars, 10-100 million years old, in search of debris disks. It found 26, 25 of which had inner holes indicating a planet. These debris rings, similar to the Kuiper...
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No Longer A Planet And Left Out In The Cold, Pluto, It Turns Out, May Have Had Hot Beginnings

That subsurface ocean scientists think the dwarf has? It may have formed 'early', claims paper Pluto, the icy dwarf planet hanging out in the Kuiper Belt, may well have been hot when it formed and could have supported a subsurface liquid ocean early...
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New Horizons Is So Far From Earth That The Positions Of The Stars Look A Little Different From Its...

From its current position in the Kuiper Belt, the New Horizons spacecraft recently conducted a parallax experiment that is not only groundbreaking, but historic! The post New Horizons is so Far From Earth That the Positions of the Stars Look a...
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Hackaday Links: February 23, 2020

If you think your data rates suck, take pity on New Horizons. The space probe, which gave us lovely pictures of the hapless one-time planet Pluto after its 2015 flyby, continued to plunge and explore other, smaller objects in the Kuiper belt. In...
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Tombaugh's Discovery Of Pluto Revolutionized Knowledge Of Our Solar System

Ninety years ago today, Clyde Tombaugh, a young astronomer working at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, discovered Pluto. In doing so he unknowingly opened the door to the vast "third zone" of the solar system we now know as the Kuiper Belt,...
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Most Distant Object Ever Explored Gives Clues To How Planets Form

The distant Kuiper Belt object Arrokoth has supplied evidence of how the building blocks of planets formed.
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Nasa Boffins Tackle Nazi Alien In Space – With The Help Of Native American Tribal Elders

Clickbait? We've heard of IT NASA has given the Kuiper belt object nicknamed Ultima Thule the official name Arrokoth, which means sky in the Native American Powhatan-Algonquian language.…
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Nasa Renames Distant Ice World Due To Nazi Nickname Controversy

MU69 is situated in the Kuiper Belt 6.4 billion kilometres from Earth, and is the most distant world ever explored by a spacecraft. NASA's New Horizon's spacecraft flew past the small icy world on New Year's Day, three and a half years after...
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Meet Arrokoth: Snowman-shaped Ultima Thule Gets Official Name

NASA's New Horizons team studied the first sets of data collected during the New Horizons spacecraft's New Year's 2019 flyby of Ultima Thule and it shares details on the Kuiper Belt object's past. (Photo Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied...
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Kuiper Belt Object 2014 Mu69 Officially Named Arrokoth

Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69 was the subject of the farthest flyby ever conducted by a spacecraft, and the name it was given didn’t exactly flow off the tongue. NASA suggested Arrokoth as a name for the object to the International Astronomical...
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Planet 9, Our Solar System's Mysterious Missing World, Could Be An Ancient Black Hole Orbiting The...

In 2016, researchers suggested that the bizarre orbits of six objects in the solar system's Kuiper Belt could be influenced by the gravity of a mysterious, distant planet that scientists had never seen.  A new study suggests that this...
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