Gerard Kuiper

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United States astronomer (born in the Netherlands) who studied the solar system and suggested in 1951 that there is a belt of comet-like debris at the edge of the solar system (1905-1973)

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In 1959 Gerard P. Kuiper picked him to find a site for a 1.5-meter (60-inch) telescope in Chile.
He began his comet search in 1987, one year before evidence emerged to support astronomer Gerard P. Kuiper's 1951 proposal that a belt of comets should lie in an orbit near Neptune, tantalizingly close enough to Earlth that it might be visible with long-term observations.