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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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