Kuiper Belt

By: July Lopez

What is the Kuiper Belt?

The Kuiper Belt is a region of the solar system beyond the orbit of Neptune. It is believed to contain many comets, asteroids, and other small bodies made largely by ice. There are 4 known dwarf planets in the Kuiper Belt. Possibly thousands more just waiting to be discovered.

Is the Kuiper Belt the same as the Asteroid Belt?

No, not the same. The Kuiper Belt is similar though. The Kuiper Belt is much larger than the Asteroid Belt. About 20 times as wide and 20-200 times as massive. The Kuiper Belt tends to be icier than the Asteroid Belt.

Kuiper belt objects

Pluto was the first true Kuiper Belt object. Kuiper Belt objects are frozen ice such as water, ammonia, and methane. Other Kuiper Belt objects are dwarf planets such as: Huamea and Makemake.


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