The plane of the Edgeworth-Kuiper belt

Simon J. Collander-Brown, Mario D. Melita*, Iwan P. Williams, Alan Fitzsimmons

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Abstract

We examine possible locations for the primordial disk of the Edgeworth-Kuiper Belt (EKB), using several subsets of the known objects as markers of the total mass distribution. Using a secular perturbation theory, we find that the primordial plane of the EKB could have remained thin enough to escape detection only if it is clustered very closely about the invariable plane of the Solar System.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)22-26
Number of pages5
JournalIcarus
Volume162
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Mar 2003
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Orbits
  • Origin, solar system
  • Planetary dynamics
  • Transneptunian objects

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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