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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: Smallest Kuiper Belt Object Detected

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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.

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

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