Quaoar compared to Earth, illustration

Quaoar compared to Earth, illustration

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Caption: Quaoar compared to Earth. Computer illustration showing the 5000 Quaoar (right) compared to the Earth. This object lies in the Kuiper belt, a region of the Solar System beyond the planets that contains many small bodies. 5000 Quaoar is roughly one twelfth the diameter of Earth, one third the diameter of the Moon, and half the size of Pluto. It has one known moon and is thought to be a dwarf planet.

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