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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A third group maintained that Pluto should lose its planetary status and be demoted to the rank of Kuiper Belt object.
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Described by researchers as the "missing link," the (https://media.eurekalert.org/multimedia_prod/pub/web/191253_web.jpg) Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) is a space rock around 0.8 miles (1.3 kilometers) wide found inside the Kuiper Belt, an icy region in the solar system beyond the eight major planets.
DURING JUNE AND JULY, two dozen teams of observers in South America and South Africa learned crucial new details about distant 2014 [MU.sub.69], the Kuiper Belt object that New Horizons will fly past on January 1, 2019.
The find further supports the growing belief that Pluto itself is a Kuiper belt object. If true, Pluto can no longer be considered a true planet.
Astronomers led by David Gerdes (University of Michigan) have discovered a Kuiper Belt object, designated 2014 [UZ.sub.224], that's currently 91.6 a.u.
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft will fly into the Kuiper Belt after its 2015 flyby of Pluto, now recognized as a Kuiper Belt Object instead of a planet.