Smallest Kuiper Belt Object detected (artist's impression)

This is an artist's impression of a Kuiper Belt Object (KBO) 800 metres in diameter, that was detected by the NASA/ESA 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.


NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI)

About the Image

NASA caption
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:Solar System

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