Bruce Murray Space Image Library
Surveying for New Horizons Kuiper Belt targets yields a Neptune Trojan
Filed under New Horizons, trans-neptunian objects, trojans and centaurs
Illustration of the New Horizons Kuiper belt target survey's beam through the plane of the solar system, targeting distant, encounterable Kuiper Belt Objects. This targeting coincidentally passes right through Neptune's trailing L5 Trojan cloud. White points indicate objects discovered by survey as of April 2013. Also illustrated are the Pluto system, New Horizons, and 2008 LC18 (the only other known stable L5 Neptune Trojan).
Courtesy Alex Parker
Original image data dated on or about April 1, 2013
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