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Kuiper belt object

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of the small icy bodies orbiting the sun in the Kuiper belt, generally having a diameter less than Pluto's. Pluto is a large Kuiper belt object that was probably captured in its present solar orbit by an encounter with the planet Neptune.

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  • noun astronomy A type of trans-Neptunian object (TNO) (a certain type of minor planet) that has an orbit in the Kuiper belt (between 30-50 AU) with inclinations consistent with the ecliptic.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[After Gerard Kuiper, (1905–1973), Dutch-born American astronomer who speculated about the existence of such bodies.]

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Eponym after Gerard Kuiper, who theorized about the belt's existence.

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