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Edgeworth-Kuiper Belt
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Astronomical Object
    Contains trans-Neptunian objects
    Disk-shaped region
    Reservoir for short-period comets
    May contain well over 100 million comets and objects
    Between Neptune and the Öpik-Oort Cloud
    Usually called the Kuiper Belt
    Predicted by Kenneth Edgeworth (1943, 49) and Gerard Kuiper (1951)
    Defined by Julio Fernandez (1980)
    First object discovered (1992)
    Largest known object is Quaoar discovered by Chad Trujillo and Mike Brown (announced October 7, 2002)
    Most people mispronounce Kuiper (it rhymes with wiper).
    It is unfairly named for Gerard Kuiper in that his 1951 paper wrongly predicted what was in the belt and how it functioned.
    It is rumored that Kuiper knew of Edgeworth's work and purposely did not cite it in his 1951 paper.
    It is also important to note that Edgeworth just touched on a belt near Neptune but offered no theories.
    An astronomer named Leonard pre-dated both Edgeworth and Kuiper mentioning the possibility of trans-Plutonian objects in 1930.
    'Refugees' of this belt orbit between Jupiter and Neptune. Only a handful of these objects are known and are called Centaurs (They include Chiron and Pholus).
    There are astronomers who believe Triton, Pluto and its moon Charon are just large objects in the Belt.
    Most of the objects are probably five to thirty miles long and take hundred of years to orbit the Sun.
    It's most famous inhabitant is the Halley's comet.
    It contains a much greater quantity of larger objects than in the Asteroid Belt.
    Astronomers have decided that Pluto, even if it is merely an object in the belt, will still be classified as a planet for historical reasons.
    It is filled with interesting and curious objects.
    It almost certainly contains 'pristine remnants' from the formation of the Solar System.
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