Kuiper Belt Object occults star

This is an artist's impression of a small Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) occulting a star. NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope recorded this brief event and allowed astronomers to determine that the KBO was only about 800 metres across, setting a new record for the smallest object ever seen in the Kuiper Belt.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI)

About the Image

NASA caption
Id:opo0933a
Type:Artwork
Release date:16 December 2009, 19:00
Size:2400 x 3000 px

About the Object

Name:Kuiper Belt Object
Type:Solar System : Interplanetary Body
Category:Illustrations
Miscellaneous
Solar System

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