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New Horizons: Kuiper Belt Object

Target Name:  Kuiper Belt
Spacecraft:  New Horizons
Produced by:  NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI
Copyright: Public Domain
Date Released: 24 March 2007

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Artist's impression of the New Horizons spacecraft encountering a Kuiper Belt object. The Sun, more than 4.1 billion miles (6.7 billion kilometers) away, shines as a bright star embedded in the glow of the zodiacal dust cloud. Jupiter and Neptune are visible as orange and blue "stars" to the right of the Sun. Although you would not actually see the myriad other objects that make up the Kuiper Belt because they are so far apart, they are shown here to give the impression of an extensive disk of icy worlds beyond Neptune.

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