Discovery of the candidate Kuiper belt object 1992 QB1

  title={Discovery of the candidate Kuiper belt object 1992 QB1},
  author={David C. Jewitt and Jane X. Luu},
THE apparent emptiness of the outer Solar System has been a long-standing puzzle for astronomers, as it contrasts markedly with the abundance of asteroids and short-period comets found closer to the Sun. One explanation for this might be that the orbits of distant objects are intrinsically short-lived, perhaps owing to the gravitational influence of the giant planets. Another possibility is that such objects are very faint, and thus they might easily go undetected. An early survey1 designed to… 

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