Corpus ID: 116937559

Detection of Small Kuiper Belt Objects by Stellar Occultations

  title={Detection of Small Kuiper Belt Objects by Stellar Occultations},
  author={Reston Stevenson},
  • Reston Stevenson
  • Published 2007
  • Physics
  • Knowledge of the Kuiper Belt is currently limited to those objects that can be detected directly. Objects with diameters less than $\sim$10km reflect too little light to be detected. These smaller bodies could contain most of the mass in the Kuiper Belt while the abundance of these bodies may constrain the distribution of mass. The overall size distribution of bodies within the Kuiper Belt can also be inferred from the relative abundances of sub-km and larger bodies. Stellar occultations are… CONTINUE READING

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