The Kuiper Belt
Death To All
Basic Knowledge About the Belt
The Kuiper Belt is a collection of icy objects in our solar system surrounding our planets.
This image shows how the Kuiper Belt could dissipate and interfere with either the Sun or the path of Earth.
Kuiper Belt Objects
It is estimated that there are well in excess of a trillion objects in the Kuiper Belt. Pluto is the most famous.
Dangers The Kuiper Belt poses to Earth
Gravity of outer planets disturbs the belt and slings a huge piece of rock into the solar system.
At least 70,000 of the icy objects. The 1st discovered is 200km diameter (Dinosaur-killer meteor 65 million years ago was 10km).
Chances of Earth impact is small and is protected by the gravitational pull of other planets.
If Kuiper Belt comet comes too close to the sun, it will explode into dust particles that will be attracted to form a ring around the sun, blocking out some heat. ***Biggest Threat*** Temps on earth will drop, triggering another Ice Age. It would take the planet hundreds of thousands of years to recover.
- Disaster is determined by pure chance