Kuiper Belt

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Introduction1

NASA 360 (YouTube Channel)
NASA 360 (Official Website)

Encyclopedia

Kuiper belt is a circumstellar disc in the outer Solar System, extending from the orbit of Neptune at 30 astronomical units (AU) to approximately 50 AU from the Sun. It is similar to the asteroid belt, but is far larger—20 times as wide and 20–200 times as massive. Like the asteroid belt, it consists mainly of small bodies or remnants from when the Solar System formed. While many asteroids are composed primarily of rock and metal, most Kuiper belt objects are composed largely of frozen volatiles (termed “ices”), such as methane, ammonia, and water. The Kuiper belt is home to most of the objects that astronomers generally accept as dwarf planets. Some of the Solar System’s moons, such as Neptune’s Triton and Saturn’s Phoebe, may have originated in the region. — Wikipedia

Kuiper Belt (Encyclopædia Britannica)

Kuiper Belt (Wolfram Alpha)

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Innovation

Science

Solar System Exploration: Kuiper Belt (NASA Science)

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Preservation

History

In 1951, in a paper in Astrophysics: A Topical Symposium, Gerard Kuiper speculated on a similar disc having formed early in the Solar System’s evolution. — Wikipedia

Gerard Kuiper and Trans-Neptunian Comet Belt (American Museum of Natural History)
Gerard Kuiper (NASA)
Gerard Peter Kuiper (Encyclopædia Britannica)
Gerard Kuiper (Wikipedia)

Library

Melvil Decimal System # 523.492 Kuiper Belt (Library Thing)
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Kuiper Belt (Library Thing)

Library of Congress # QB701 Kuiper Belt (UPenn Online Books)

WorldCat, Library of Congress, UPenn Online Books, Open Library

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Participation

Education

What is the Kuiper Belt? (Space Place, NASA)
Kuiper Belt (Cosmos4Kids)

MERLOT: Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching
OER Commons: Open Educational Resources

Community

Organization

Minor Planet Center (International Astronomical Union)

News

Kuiper Belt (Astronomy Magazine)
Kuiper Belt (Phys.org)
Kuiper Belt (Science Daily)
Kuiper Belt (NPR Archives)

Government

Document

Kuiper Belt (USA.gov)

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Related

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Knowledge Realm

Physical

“Fundamentals”
Law (Constant) Relativity
Force Gravity, Electromagnetism (Light, Color)
Matter (Microscope) Molecule, Atom (Periodic Table), Particle

“Space”
Universe (Astronomical Instrument)
Galaxy Milky Way, Andromeda
Planetary System Star, Brown Dwarf, Planet, Moon

Our Neighborhood
Solar System Sun
Terrestrial Planet Mercury, Venus, Earth (Moon), Mars
Asteroid Belt Ceres, Vesta
Jovian Planet Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune
Trans-Neptunian Object
Kuiper Belt Pluto, Haumea, Makemake
Scattered Disc Eris, Sedna, Planet X
Oort Cloud Etc. Scholz’s Star
Small Body Comet, Centaur, Asteroid

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Notes

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