Quaoar's Orbit in the Solar System

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has measured the largest object discovered in the solar system 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, 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.

Credit:

NASA/ESA and A. Feild (STScI)

About the Image

NASA press release
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Id:opo0217f
Type:Artwork
Release date:7 October 2002, 06:00
Size:1752 x 1596 px

About the Object

Name:Kuiper Belt, Quaoar, Solar System
Type:• Solar System : Interplanetary Body
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