Tom Seccull and colleagues, with the help of the ESO’s very large telescope (VLT), found an unusual object at the Kuiper Belt. Tom Seccull hails from the Queen’s University Belfast in the United Kingdom.

Kuiper is a belt region present at the edge of the solar system. The unusual object detected is the carbon-rich asteroid.

2004 EW95:

2004 EW95 is a space rock and first of its kind. The researchers located the 2004 EW95 exiled from the inner solar system.

The researcher’s community believed that the asteroid was formed in the asteroid belt. This asteroid belt is located in between the Jupiter and Mars. The new asteroid which is currently discovered in the Kuiper belt was eventually hurled out billions of miles from the asteroid belt present in between the Jupiter and the Mars.

Before this too, the scientific fraternity has discovered that many objects detected in the Kuiper belt trace their origin in the zone closer to the Earth. However, the question was how did they get there?


Some theories head towards the behavior of the gas giants like the Saturn and the Jupiter. It possibly took place in the early stages of the formation of Solar System.

The base of such theories lies in the fact that the gas giant did not start its life in a fixed orbit. It evolved from the accreting galaxy materials. The galaxy accreting materials bounced against each other’s galaxy. This eventually threw or what we call as ejected the smaller and tiny objects far away into space.

If the base of these theories is correct, then the carbonaceous asteroids found in the Kuiper belt, undoubtedly traces its origin back to the asteroid belt present in between the Mars and the Jupiter.

Olivier Hainaut concludes, “The discovery of a carbonaceous asteroid in the Kuiper Belt is a key verification of one of the fundamental predictions of dynamical models of the early Solar System.”Olivier Hainaut is an ESO astronomer.

The study makes its way to the Astrophysical Journal Letters.