National Astronomical Observatory of Japan | 2019 Jan 28
The Edgeworth-Kuiper Belt is a collection of small celestial bodies located beyond Neptune's orbit. The most famous Edgeworth-Kuiper Belt Object is Pluto. Edgeworth-Kuiper Belt Objects are believed to be remnants left over from the formation of the Solar System. While small bodies like asteroids in the inner Solar System have been altered by solar radiation, collisions, and the gravity of the planets over time; objects in the cold, dark, lonely Edgeworth-Kuiper Belt preserve the pristine conditions of the early Solar System. Thus astronomers study them to learn about the beginning of the planet formation process. ...
A kilometre-sized Kuiper belt object discovered by stellar occultation using amateur telescopes ~ Ko Arimatsu et al
- Nature Astronomy (online 28 Jan 2019) DOI: 10.1038/s41550-018-0685-8