KUIPER BELT
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The Kuiper Belt is a disc-shaped region of icy objects beyond the orbit of Neptune -- billions of kilometers from our sun. Pluto and Eris are the best known of these icy worlds. There may be hundreds more of these ice dwarfs out there. The Kuiper Belt and even more distant Oort Cloud are believed to be the home of comets that orbit our sun.

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The Kuiper Belt is a disc-shaped region of icy objects beyond the orbit of Neptune.

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The Kuiper Belt is named after its discoverer: Gerard Kuiper.

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Not yet. New Horizons, a mission to the Pluto and other icy objects in the Kuiper Belt, will arrive in 2015.

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Several dwarf planets, comets and other icy objects.

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KBO is an acronym for Kuiper Belt Object.

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Pluto is a dwarf planet, but it also resides in the region of space known as the Kuiper Belt. Therefore, Pluto is also a Kuiper Belt object.

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The Kuiper Belt lies beyond the orbit of Neptune at about 30 AUs from the sun and extends to about 55 AUs.

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Yes, Eris resides in the distant reaches of the Kuiper Belt.

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Yes, some of the dwarf planets of the Kuiper Belt do have moons.

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Astronomers think the frozen objects in the Kuiper Belt may hold clues about the origin of our solar system.

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The Kuiper Belt is a disc-shaped region of icy objects beyond the orbit of Neptune.

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The Kuiper Belt is named after its discoverer: Gerard Kuiper.

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Not yet. New Horizons, a mission to the Pluto and other icy objects in the Kuiper Belt, will arrive in 2015.

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Several dwarf planets, comets and other icy objects.

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KBO is an acronym for Kuiper Belt Object.

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Pluto is a dwarf planet, but it also resides in the region of space known as the Kuiper Belt. Therefore, Pluto is also a Kuiper Belt object.

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The Kuiper Belt lies beyond the orbit of Neptune at about 30 AUs from the sun and extends to about 55 AUs.

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Yes, Eris resides in the distant reaches of the Kuiper Belt.

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Yes, some of the dwarf planets of the Kuiper Belt do have moons.

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Astronomers think the frozen objects in the Kuiper Belt may hold clues about the origin of our solar system.

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