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December 16, 2009 01:00 PM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2009-33

Hubble Finds Smallest Kuiper Belt Object Ever Seen

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Image: Kuiper Belt Object Occults Star

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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.

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Credit: NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI)

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