From Centaurs to comets - 40 years

  title={From Centaurs to comets - 40 years},
  author={N. Peixinho and A. Thirouin and S. Tegler and R. D. Sisto and A. Delsanti and A. Guilbert-Lepoutre and James G. Bauer},
  journal={arXiv: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics},
In 1977, while Apple II and Atari computers were being sold, a tiny dot was observed in an inconvenient orbit. The minor body 1977 UB, to be named (2060) Chiron, with an orbit between Saturn and Uranus, became the first Centaur, a new class of minor bodies orbiting roughly between Jupiter and Neptune. The observed overabundance of short-period comets lead to the downfall of the Oort Cloud as exclusive source of comets and to the rise of the need for a Trans-Neptunian comet belt. Centaurs were… Expand
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