Re: where is that oort cloud...(wade et al)
Posted by Thermus aquaticus on Jun 27, 2002 at 03:44
Re: where is that oort cloud...(wade et al) (anyman)
More wilful ignorance from anyman.
Objects in the Oort cloud have not been directly observed because they are too faint. However, a number of objects have been seen in the Kuiper belt which is the extension of the Oort cloud into the plane of the solar system.
Here are some...
Here is an image of a Kuiper belt object - part of the oort cloud
Current Kuiper belt objects.
Below is a piccy of the oort cloud and kuiper belt - the latter is an extension of the oort cloud into the plane of the solar system. They are really one overall distribution.
Here is the nucleus of comet Borrelly - a short period comet with a composition thought to be like that of the Oort cloud members. Its 8.5km long.