2006 SQ372: A Likely Long-Period Comet from the Inner Oort Cloud

@article{Kaib20092006SA,
  title={2006 SQ372: A Likely Long-Period Comet from the Inner Oort Cloud},
  author={N. Kaib and A. Becker and R. Jones and A. Puckett and D. Bizyaev and B. Dilday and J. Frieman and D. Oravetz and K. Pan and T. Quinn and D. Schneider and S. Watters},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
  year={2009},
  volume={695},
  pages={268-275}
}
We report the discovery of a minor planet (2006 SQ372) on an orbit with a perihelion of 24 AU and a semimajor axis of 796 AU. Dynamical simulations show that this is a transient orbit and is unstable on a timescale of ~200 Myr. Falling near the upper semimajor axis range of the scattered disk and the lower semimajor axis range of the Oort Cloud, previous membership in either class is possible. By modeling the production of similar orbits from the Oort Cloud as well as from the scattered disk… Expand

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