The Solar System Beyond The Planets

  title={The Solar System Beyond The Planets},
  author={Audrey Delsanti and David C. Jewitt},
The Kuiper belt contains a vast number of objects in a flattened, ringlike volume beyond the orbit of Neptune. These objects are collisionally processed relics from the accretion disk of the Sun and, as such, they can reveal much about early conditions in the Solar system. At the cryogenic temperatures prevailing beyond Neptune, volatile ices have been able to survive since the formation epoch 4.5 Gyr ago. The Kuiper belt is the source of the Centaurs and the Jupiter-family comets. It is also a… CONTINUE READING

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