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Origin of the cataclysmic Late Heavy Bombardment period of the terrestrial planets
The petrology record on the Moon suggests that a cataclysmic spike in the cratering rate occurred ∼700 million years after the planets formed; this event is known as the Late Heavy Bombardment (LHB).Expand
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Origin of the orbital architecture of the giant planets of the Solar System
Planetary formation theories suggest that the giant planets formed on circular and coplanar orbits. The eccentricities of Jupiter, Saturn and Uranus, however, reach values of 6 per cent, 9 per centExpand
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Debiased Orbital and Absolute Magnitude Distribution of the Near-Earth Objects
The orbital and absolute magnitude distribution of the near-Earth objects (NEOs) is difficult to compute, partly because only a modest fraction of the entire NEO population has been discovered soExpand
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A low mass for Mars from Jupiter’s early gas-driven migration
Jupiter and Saturn formed in a few million years (ref. 1) from a gas-dominated protoplanetary disk, and were susceptible to gas-driven migration of their orbits on timescales of only ∼100,000 yearsExpand
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The fossilized size distribution of the main asteroid belt
Planet formation models suggest the primordial main belt experienced a short but intense period of collisional evolution shortly after the formation of planetary embryos. This period is believed toExpand
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Source regions and timescales for the delivery of water to the Earth
— In the primordial solar system, the most plausible sources of the water accreted by the Earth were in the outer asteroid belt, in the giant planet regions, and in the Kuiper Belt. We investigateExpand
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Chaotic capture of Jupiter's Trojan asteroids in the early Solar System
Jupiter's Trojans are asteroids that follow essentially the same orbit as Jupiter, but lead or trail the planet by an angular distance of ∼60 degrees (co-orbital motion). They are hypothesized to beExpand
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Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy
1. Dynamics of Extrasolar Planets (C. Beaugé) The orbital fits of multi-planetary systems from radial velocity data has proved to be a complex task. In some cases, different orbital solutions provideExpand
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Modern celestial mechanics : aspects of solar system dynamics
1. Elementary Celestial and Hamiltonian Mechanics 2. Quasi-Integrable Hamiltonian System 3. Kam Tori 4. Single Resonance Dyanmics 5. Numerical Tools for the Detection of Chaos 6. Interactions AmongExpand
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Origin of the structure of the Kuiper belt during a dynamical instability in the orbits of Uranus and Neptune
Abstract We explore the origin and orbital evolution of the Kuiper belt in the framework of a recent model of the dynamical evolution of the giant planets, sometimes known as the Nice model. ThisExpand
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