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April 17, 2002 02:00 PM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2002-04

Hubble Hunts Down Binary Objects at the Fringe of Our Solar System

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Image: The Orbit of 1998 WW31 in the Kuiper Belt

The Orbit of 1998 WW31 in the Kuiper Belt Artist's Concept

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This illustration compares the orbit of the binary Kuiper Belt object, called 1998 WW31, with the orbits of Pluto and Neptune, the outermost solar system planets. The inset picture, consisting of six snapshots taken by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, shows one member of the Kuiper Belt pair [the faint white blobs] during its elliptical orbit. The bright white object at the bottom of the oval is the other member of the pair.

Object Name: 1998 WW31

Image Type: Illustration

Credit: NASA and A. Feild (Space Telescope Science Institute)

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