what is meant by kuiper belt? i want to the objects inside it

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stolperia eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The Kuiper belt is the region in outer space immediately beyond the orbit of the planet Neptune. Neptune orbits our Sun at a distance of approximately 30 Astronomical Units (one Astronomical Unit equals roughly 149,597,870.7 kilometers or 92,955,807.27 miles, the mean distance between the Earth and the Sun). The Kuiper belt lies at a distance from the Sun of 30-55 Astronomical Units. It was first confirmed as a separately identifiable feature of the solar system in 1992.

Within the Kuiper Belt can be found the dwarf planets of Pluto, Haumea, and Makemake, as well as other bodies primarily composed of frozen gases including ammonia, methane and water. These are remains from the processes that formed the Solar System. It is believed that there may be over 70,000 Kuiper belt objects with a diameter of at least 100 kilometers or 62 miles.

aneesh123 | Student

Its mean position is inclined to the ecliptic by 1.86 degrees. The presence of Neptune has a profound effect on the Kuiper belt's structure .


astrosonu | Student

Hello! The Kuiper Belt, it is like the asteroid belt but the difference is that the asteroid belt is in between Mars and Jupiter and Kuiper belt is in between Neptune and Pluto.



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astrosonuthird | Student

Yeah! But Kuiper Belt is between Neptune and Pluto.


Charon, Nix, Hydra are some sattelites of Pluto and they are meteorides also.

astrosonuthird | Student

Hello! It is a belt of asteroids which is situated between neptune and pluto.








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