A Thick Cloud of Neptune Trojans and Their Colors

@article{Sheppard2006ATC,
  title={A Thick Cloud of Neptune Trojans and Their Colors},
  author={Scott S. Sheppard and Chadwick A. Trujillo},
  journal={Science},
  year={2006},
  volume={313},
  pages={511 - 514}
}
The dynamical and physical properties of asteroids offer one of the few constraints on the formation, evolution, and migration of the giant planets. Trojan asteroids share a planet's semimajor axis but lead or follow it by about 60° near the two triangular Lagrangian points of gravitational equilibrium. Here we report the discovery of a high-inclination Neptune Trojan, 2005 TN53. This discovery demonstrates that the Neptune Trojan population occupies a thick disk, which is indicative of “freeze… Expand

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