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Kuiper Belt: The Solar System’s Frontier

Learn why the Kuiper Belt was named after a man who didn’t discover it and how its objects might help us find another Solar System planet.

Pretty good Solar System diagram showing the Kuiper Belt and the contrast of Pluto's orbit vs the orbits of the "real" planets.

Pretty good Solar System diagram showing the Kuiper Belt and the contrast of Pluto's orbit vs the orbits of the "real" planets.

A dwarf planet is an object that orbits the sun, has enough mass to become mostly round, is not in orbit around another object, and has not cleared the area around its orbit of other objects. Currently there are five known dwarf planets in our solar system. There may be hundreds...

In 2005 an object larger than Pluto was discovered in the Kuiper Belt. This discovery would call Pluto's planetary status into question and help create a new term, Dwarf Planet.

What is the Kuiper Belt?

Similar to the asteroid belt, the Kuiper Belt is a region of leftovers from the solar system's early history. Like asteroid belt, it has also been shaped by a giant planet, although it's more of a thick disk (like a donut) than a thin belt.

The discovery of the Kuiper Belt revamped our view of the solar system | Science News

Thirty years ago, astronomers found the Kuiper Belt, a region of space home to Pluto and other icy worlds that helped show how the solar system evolved.

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In Space Club, we won't land on Mars like the Perseverance rover, but we will blast off with your mission crew each week! In this after-school club, your learner will explore the wonders of our solar system — visiting planets, moons, and even the meteors and comets that orbit our sun. Buckle up your Kuiper Belt and get ready for adventure. 👨‍🚀🚀👩‍🚀 Click the link to register!
Thanks Neil Degrasse Tyson! Pluto is an icy dwarf planet in the Kuiper belt, a ring of bodies beyond the orbit of Neptune. It was the first and the largest Kuiper belt object to be discovered. Pluto was discovered by Clyde Tombaugh in 1930 and declared to be the ninth planet from the Sun.
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This 2nd and 3rd grade text features escape room is a truly immersive experience. Students navigate their way through a mission in space by passing through the Kuiper Asteroid Belt, escaping a black hole, landing safely on Proxima B, and making a return to planet Earth. In this escape room, students complete four unique challenges. Each challenge requires students to use standards-based text feature skills.

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