Kuiper belt

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Named after the astronomer Gerard Kuiper (1905-1973); and belt.

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Note: “Kuiper” is a Dutch surname, and may also be pronounced in the Dutch manner. However, Gerard Kuiper himself used an American pronunciation.

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Kuiper belt

  1. A region of space between 30 and 50 astronomical units from the Sun, roughly confined within a thick band around the ecliptic. This area is populated by many thousands of trans-Neptunian objects.

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