Kuiperian Type

These are bodies found in the outer regions of a solar system, largely confined to a belt mostly within the local solar plane.  These are Planetoids that have largely been left untouched since the formation of the planets during the system's first 100 million years.

These bodies are extremely rich in ices, and on rare occasions stellar gravitational influences can cause some Kuiperians to migrate sunward.  In the Sol System, the innermost such objects are called Centaurs, and are found in unstable orbits which range in as far as Saturn's orbit.  Every few million years or so, one of these objects might come close enough to the local star to form a truly gigantic comet.

Kuiperians are invaluable examples of primordial solar systems, but more practically they are sources of life support or vessel fuel materials.

Although composed chiefly of ices, Kuiperians can be very red objects due to surface organic compounds reacting to stellar radiation.

Quick Facts

Kuiperians of Note:  In the Sol System, the largest such object is the classical planet named Pluto, and its single moon Charon.


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