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Living a (Solar System) Lifetime in Color

22 Jan 2019, 17:00 UTC
Living a (Solar System) Lifetime in Color
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Title: Col-OSSOS: Color and Inclination are Correlated Throughout the Kuiper Belt
Author: Michaël Marsset, Wesley C. Fraser, et al.
First Author’s Institution: Queen’s University Belfast, UK
Status: Accepted to AJ
The outer reaches of our own solar system remain a mystery. Astronomers are only just beginning to shine (colored) light on the distant region of our solar system called the Kuiper Belt. But this region has a lot to tell us about the history of the solar system — N-body simulations predict the types of objects we should find and what their orbits should look like. Are they locked into an orbital resonance with Neptune? Have they been flung out of the plane of the solar system by a past interaction with another object? Other studies also predict the types of molecules we should see based on where the objects formed and how they have been flung around the solar system.
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