Kuiper belt object


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Kuiper belt object

n. Abbr. KBO
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.

[After Gerard Kuiper (1905-1973), Dutch-born American astronomer who speculated about the existence of such bodies.]
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Noun1.Kuiper belt object - any of many minor planets in the Kuiper belt outside the orbit of Neptune at the edge of the solar system
minor planet, planetoid - any of numerous small celestial bodies that move around the sun
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Caption: During mid-2017, the small Kuiper Belt object 2014 [MU.
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Some argue Pluto is much larger than any Kuiper Belt object," Brown says.
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com/distant-kuiper-belt-object-observed-new-horizons-nasa-team-argentina-2567870) were able to learn about the distant Kuiper Belt Object called 2014 MU69 during an occultation .