Kuiper Belt Object Occults Star

Kuiper Belt Object Occults Star

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News release ID: STScI-2009-33
Release Date: Dec 16, 2009
Image Use: Copyright
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This is an artist's impression of a small Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) occulting a star. NASA's Hubble Space Telescope recorded this brief event and allowed astronomers to determine that the KBO was only one-half of a mile across, setting a new record for the smallest object ever seen in the Kuiper Belt.

Artwork, Kuiper Belt Objects, Solar System


NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI)