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Measurements of a recently discovered object beyond the orbit of Neptune confirm its status as a Kuiper Belt object, strengthening RTB’s cosmic creation model while weakening a long-standing young-earth argument. Solar system formation models and measurements of solar system comets both argue for a reservoir of cometary bodies outside the orbit of Neptune called the Kuiper belt. Alternatively, some young-earth creationists argue against a long-standing source of cometary bodies, asserting that short-period comets (objects with an orbital period of less than 200 years) indicate a few-thousand-years-old solar system. As telescopes have increased in power, astronomers have found numerous Kuiper Belt objects—including recently discovered UB313, which exceeds Pluto’s size. RTB’s creation model predicts that future observations will discover even smaller objects in the Kuiper Belt that are the source of short-period comets.
o F. Bertoldi et al, “The Trans-Neptunian Object UB313 is Larger than Pluto,” Nature 439 (2006): 563-64.
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