A spherical shell around most stars containing numerous small bodies of cometary material. A typical Oort cloud is about 0.5 to 1 light years from its primary and has an aggregate mass about that of Earth; density is thus extremely low. The main constituents of cometary bodies are ice and dust ("dirty snowballs"). Bodies in the Oort cloud are occasionally perturbed by collisions or by the influence of nearby stars into orbits which pass near the star; these form the visible comets. The Oort cloud is named after its discoverer, Old Earth presingularity astronomer Jan Oort.
- Kuiper Belt - Text by M. Alan Kazlev
In the Solar System, the region beyond Neptune. It includes more than 70,000 small objects, a number up to asteroidal size. It is located from 30 to 50 A.U.'s and was discovered in 1992. The Kuiper belt may be the source of the short-period comets (like Halley's comet). The Kuiper belt was named for the Dutch-American astronomer Gerard P. Kuiper, who predicted its existence in 1951. In general, any belt beyond the outermost large planet of a solar system, consisting of mainly icy objects (ice dwarfs and ice planetisimals).
- Kuiperian Type Planetoid
- Oort Vault - Text by Anders Sandberg
Data storage systems on the edge of a solar system, holding inactive data in storage for future use. A common repository for inactive virch entities, planetary archives and long range statistics.
- Oortean Type Asteroid
Text by Traveller Library Database
Initially published on 17 December 2001.