An interstellar origin for high-inclination Centaurs

  title={An interstellar origin for high-inclination Centaurs},
  author={F Namouni and M H M Morais},
  journal={Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society},
  • F. Namouni, M. Morais
  • Published 22 April 2020
  • Physics, Geology
  • Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
We investigate the possible origins of real high-inclination Centaurs and trans-neptunian objects using a high-resolution statistical search for stable orbits that simulates their evolution back in time to the epoch when planet formation ended 4.5 billion years in the past. The simulation is a precise orbit determination method that does not involve ad hoc initial conditions or assumptions such as those found in planetesimal disc relaxation models upon which their conclusions depend. It can… 

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