Kuiper Belt News

The Kuiper Belt is a vast region of the solar system that extends beyond the orbit of Neptune, roughly from 30 to 55 astronomical units (AU) from the Sun. This region is similar to the asteroid belt but far larger, both in breadth and content. It contains many small bodies made primarily of ice and rock, remnants from the early solar system. The Kuiper Belt is notable for its population of dwarf planets, such as Pluto, and other smaller objects. These celestial bodies are crucial for understanding the formation and evolution of the solar system. The Kuiper Belt was hypothesized by astronomer Gerard Kuiper in 1951, though it wasn’t directly observed until the 1990s. Studies of the Kuiper Belt have implications for planetary science and theories about how the outer planets formed and migrated.