Kuiper Belt which is also known as Kuiper cloud is very rare discovery which tell us in detail about many unknown things about galaxies and beyond our orbit. The Kuiper cloud is basically a disk shape region that is beyond the Saturn’s orbit. For many years no one knew that what are these millions if icy comets as they also look alike asteroids. However, with the advancement of study, people knew about it and started calling Kuiper belt. Astronomer Gerard Peter Kuiper discovered this great disk shaped region beyond the Saturn’s orbit. Later this region was named after this great astronomer.
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On the other hand, Oort cloud is basically has trillion of comets which circle the sun. Some say Oort could is just like dust as it also extends three light years from the sun. You need to understand in detail that Oort is a cloud and its shape looks spherical. As you know Kuiper belt is named after astronomer Gerard Peter Kuiper, the Oort cloud was named after the Dutch astronomer Jan Hendrik. The origin of Oort could is very complicated and in some astronomers view, quite unclear. The formation of the Oort cloud is closer to the sun and it makes more original protoplanetary disks than other clouds in the orbit.
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