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18 The Kuiper Belt

PLUTO

HAUMEA

ERIS

MAKEMAKE

Located just outside of Neptune, the Kuiper Belt is a region of space filled with icy objects. This area extends from 2.8 to 4.5 billion miles (4.6 – 7.4 billion km) away from the sun.

It is filled with more than 100,000 icy bodies larger than 62 miles (100 km) and an estimated 1 trillion comets. Four of our dwarf planets are located here: Pluto, Haumea, Makemake and Eris.

NAMING

In 1952, Gerard Kuiper predicted the existence of a belt made up of icy objects orbiting the sun just beyond Neptune. The belt is named after him.

FUN FACTS

More than 1,300 Kuiper Belt objects have been discovered since 1992.

Originating in the Kuiper Belt, short-period comets orbit the sun in less than 200 years.

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