A new dynamical class of object in the outer Solar System

  title={A new dynamical class of object in the outer Solar System},
  author={J. Luu and B. Marsden and D. Jewitt and C. Trujillo and C. Hergenrother and J. Chen and W. Offutt},
  • J. Luu, B. Marsden, +4 authors W. Offutt
  • Published 1997
  • Physics
  • Nature
  • Some three dozen objects have now been discovered beyond the orbit of Neptune and classified as members of the Kuiper belt—a remnant population of icy planetesimals that failed to be incorporated into planets. At still greater distances is believed to lie the Oort cloud—a massive population of cometary objects distributed approximately in a sphere of characteristic dimension 50,000au(ref. 6). Here we report the discovery of an object, 1996TL66, that appears to be representative of a population… CONTINUE READING
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