Hubble Spots an Icy World Far Beyond Pluto (artist's impression)

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has measured the largest object in the solar system ever seen since the discovery of Pluto 72 years ago. Approximately half the size of Pluto, the icy world is called 'Quaoar' (pronounced kwa-whar). Quaoar is about 4 billion miles away (about 6.4 billion kilometres away), more than a billion miles farther than Pluto. Like Pluto, Quaoar dwells in the Kuiper belt, an icy belt of comet-like bodies extending 7 billion miles beyond Neptune's orbit.


NASA/ESA and M. Brown (Caltech)

About the Image

NASA press release
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Release date:7 October 2002, 06:00
Size:4000 x 3000 px

About the Object

Type:• Solar System : Interplanetary Body : Dwarf planet

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