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The Size Distribution of Trans-Neptunian Bodies*
We search 0.02 deg 2 of the invariable plane for trans-Neptunian objects (TNOs) 25 AU or more distant using the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) aboard the Hubble Space Telescope. With 22 ks per… Expand
The origin of Pluto's orbit: implications for the
- R. Malhotra
- 11 April 1995
The origin of the highly eccentric, inclined, and resonance-locked orbit of Pluto has long been a puzzle. A possible explanation has been proposed recently which suggests that these extraordinary… Expand
The Origin of Planetary Impactors in the Inner Solar System
Insights into the history of the inner solar system can be derived from the impact cratering record of the Moon, Mars, Venus, and Mercury and from the size distributions of asteroid populations. Old… Expand
The origin of Pluto's peculiar orbit
- R. Malhotra
THE origin of Pluto's unusual orbitthe most eccentric and inclined of all the planetsremains a mystery. The orbits of Pluto and Neptune overlap, but close approaches of these two planets are… Expand
Neptune’s Migration into a Stirred-Up Kuiper Belt: A Detailed Comparison of Simulations to Observations
We use N-body simulations to examine the consequences of Neptune's outward migration into the Kuiper Belt, with the simulated end states being compared rigorously and quantitatively to the… Expand
Orbital Evolution of Planets Embedded in a Planetesimal Disk
The existence of the Oort comet cloud, the Kuiper belt, and plausible inefficiencies in planetary core formation all suggest that there was once a residual planetesimal disk of mass ~10–100 M⊕ in the… Expand
Dynamical erosion of the asteroid belt and implications for large impacts in the inner Solar System
Abstract The cumulative effects of weak resonant and secular perturbations by the major planets produce chaotic behavior of asteroids on long timescales. Dynamical chaos is the dominant loss… Expand
THE DYNAMICS OF KNOWN CENTAURS
We have numerically investigated the long-term dynamical behavior of known Centaurs. This class of objects is thought to constitute the transitional population between the Kuiper belt and the… Expand
Dynamics of the Uranian and Saturnian satellite systems - A chaotic route to melting Miranda?
Abstract We argue that the anomalously large inclination of Miranda, the postaccretional resurfacing of both Miranda and Ariel, and the anomalously large eccentricities of the inner Uranian… Expand
Long-term cycling of Kozai-Lidov cycles: extreme eccentricities and inclinations excited by a distant eccentric perturber.
The very long-term evolution of the hierarchical restricted three-body problem is calculated analytically for high inclinations. The Kozai-Lidov Cycles (KLCs) slowly evolve due to the octupole term… Expand