Edgeworth-Kuiper belt

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Noun1.Edgeworth-Kuiper belt - a disk-shaped region of minor planets outside the orbit of Neptune
region, part - the extended spatial location of something; "the farming regions of France"; "religions in all parts of the world"; "regions of outer space"
solar system - the sun with the celestial bodies that revolve around it in its gravitational field
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A postage-stamp-size photo of Iapetus or blurry Nereid adds little or no visual appeal and certainly conveys little information; ditto for those like the one illustrating the "Edgeworth-Kuiper belt" or the completely indecipherable spectrum taken by the Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer.
The book includes a description of the solar system, putting Pluto into its place amongst the Sun's retinue, a concise and fascinating account of the discoveries of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, and a chronological reckoning of the rise in our understanding of the physical nature of Pluto and its satellites, touching on the topics of trans-Neptunian objects and the Edgeworth-Kuiper belt. The author tackles the question of whether Pluto is a 'planet', recounting the events leading up to, and the reasoning behind, the 2006 IAU resolution to change its status to that of a 'dwarf planet'.
We now know that other TNOs also comprise binary or multiple systems orbiting their common centre of gravity and so Pluto is very much the principal member of this group of objects, comprising the Edgeworth-Kuiper Belt.