Kuiper belt

 Band of comets in outer solar system, named for Gerard Kuiper (1905–1973), Dutch-born American astronomer who posited their existence.

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  • Kuiper belt — [kī′pər] n. 〚after G. P. Kuiper (1905 73), U.S. astronomer〛 a belt of icy debris orbiting in the outer solar system, thought to be the source of many comets * * * or Edgeworth Kuiper belt Disk shaped belt of billions of small, icy bodies orbiting …   Universalium

  • Kuiper belt — [kī′pər] n. [after G. P. Kuiper (1905 73), U.S. astronomer] a belt of icy debris orbiting in the outer solar system, thought to be the source of many comets …   English World dictionary

  • Kuiper belt — Known objects in the Kuiper belt, derived from data from the Minor Planet Center. Obje …   Wikipedia

  • Kuiper belt — Kuipergürtel (nichtmaßstäbliches Schema) Der Kuipergürtel ist eine scheibenförmige Region, die sich in unserem Sonnensystem außerhalb der Neptunbahn in einer Entfernung von ungefähr 30 bis 50 Astronomischen Einheiten (AE) nahe der Ekliptik… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Kuiper Belt —    In 1951 Dutch American astronomer Gerard P. Kuiper set forth the idea that our solar system contained a collection of large bodies, just a few hundred kilometers across, outside the orbit of Pluto. This area is called the Kuiper Belt, and is… …   The writer's dictionary of science fiction, fantasy, horror and mythology

  • Kuiper belt — noun a disk shaped region of minor planets outside the orbit of Neptune • Syn: ↑Edgeworth Kuiper belt • Hypernyms: ↑region, ↑part • Member Holonyms: ↑solar system …   Useful english dictionary

  • Kuiper Belt — /kaɪpə ˈbɛlt/ (say kuypuh belt) noun a belt of comet like debris from the formation of the solar system, found just beyond Neptune and Pluto. {named after G Kuiper} …   Australian English dictionary

  • Kuiper belt — noun /ˈkaɪ.pə(ɹ).bɛlt,ˈkaɪ.pɚ.bɛlt/ 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 …   Wiktionary

  • Kuiper belt object — noun A type of trans Neptunian object (TNO) (a certain type of minor planet) that has an orbit in the Kuiper belt (between 30 50 AU) with inclinations consistent with the ecliptic. Syn: KBO …   Wiktionary

  • Kuiper belt object — noun any of many minor planets in the Kuiper belt outside the orbit of Neptune at the edge of the solar system • Syn: ↑KBO • Hypernyms: ↑minor planet, ↑planetoid …   Useful english dictionary

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