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2004-Sep-04, 04:25 PM
SUMMARY: Although the Kuiper Belt, a region of icy objects located past the orbit of Neptune, was only discovered in 1992, it's already presented a host of mysteries. One mystery is why an unusually large number of these objects have small satellites orbiting them - 8 out of the 500 objects discovered so far have had satellites. The high number brings into question the traditional theory that they're caused by collisions.

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2004-Sep-05, 12:27 AM
What's so big and bad about 8 of 500? In the asteroid belt alone, I'm sure there's tens of such satellite systems, including the Ida-Dactyl system.

2004-Sep-05, 01:45 AM
What alternative theories, if any, have been put forward?