Debiased Orbital and Absolute Magnitude Distribution of the Near-Earth Objects

  title={Debiased Orbital and Absolute Magnitude Distribution of the Near-Earth Objects},
  author={William F. Bottke and Alessandro Morbidelli and Robert Jedicke and J. M. Petit and Harold F. Levison and Patrick Michel and Travis S. Metcalfe},
The orbital and absolute magnitude distribution of the near-Earth objects (NEOs) is difficult to compute, partly because only a modest fraction of the entire NEO population has been discovered so far, but also because the known NEOs are biased by complicated observational selection effects. To circumvent these problems, we created a model NEO population which was fit to known NEOs discovered or accidentally rediscovered by Spacewatch. Our method was to numerically integrate thousands of test… 
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