Smallest Kuiper Belt Object Detected

Smallest Kuiper Belt Object Detected

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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 one-half-mile-diameter Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) that was detected by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. The icy relic from the early solar system is too small for Hubble to photograph. The object was detected when it passed in front of a background star, temporarily disrupting the starlight.

Artwork, Kuiper Belt Objects, Solar System


NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI)