What is Kuiper Belt?

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From the existence of this world, scientists have discovered thousands of hidden objects in the space and solar system. We know so much about our Solar System, its planets, moons, asteroids etc, but there still exist some hidden parts of the solar system which we are not aware of. Kuiper Belt is one of that parts of Solar system about which very few people are familiar. So let’s get into the details and explore what Kuiper Belt is.


An elliptical shaped spaced region in the solar system, Kuiper belt is composed of chunks of ice which are made up of so many substances. It somehow resembles to asteroid belt but differs in the composition material as asteroid belt is composed of rocks and metal. The distance of Kuiper Belt from the sun is 30AU to 50AU. There exist some controversy between the scientists and the astronomers regarding the amount of objects present in the Kuiper Belt. Astronomers believe that there are only few object found in the belt until now, whereas scientist are in opinion that there are about 70,000 0bjects present in the Kuiper Belt. The interesting thing about these objects is that the smallest planet Pluto is considered to be one of the largest objects in the Kuiper Belt. Other objects include Haumea, Quaoar and Makemake that are much smaller than Pluto. This elliptical spaced region in the solar system is divided into different regions having different distances from the sun. The classical Kuiper Belt is known to be the most densely covered region of the belt having a distance of 42AU to 48AU from the sun. In this range of distance, Neptune is found closer, but this region of Kuiper Belt remains uninfluenced from the gravitational effect of Neptune.

As mentioned earlier that very few people are familiar from this part of the solar system, even any spacecraft has not yet even studied and researched about this belt. Different theories and concepts come forward every year and scientists try to prove them so that they can better study the actual existence of Kuiper Belt.

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