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Over the last 10 years, a large number of iceballs have been found in the outer solar system out beyond Pluto. These objects are collectively known...

Over the last 10 years, a large number of iceballs have been found in the outer solar system out beyond Pluto. These objects are collectively known as the Kuiper Belt. An amateur astronomer suggests using the radar ranging technique to learn the rotation periods of Kuiper Belt Objects. Do you think that this plan would be successful? Explain why or why not?


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One of the most accurate ways to measure distances to planets is by bouncing radar off them or sending a spacecraft there,... View the full answer

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The Kuiper Belt is a zone outside orbits of Neptune and Pluto in which icy solar
system objects were expected to be present; the first found in 1992. Since then, more
than 70 KBO’s have been...

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