author={Richard E. Zeebe},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
  • R. Zeebe
  • Published 19 August 2015
  • Physics
  • The Astrophysical Journal
Due to the chaotic nature of the solar system, the question of its dynamic long-term stability can only be answered in a statistical sense, for instance, based on numerical ensemble integrations of nearby orbits. Destabilization of the inner planets, including catastrophic encounters and/or collisions involving the Earth, has been suggested to be initiated through a large increase in Mercury's eccentricity (), with an estimated probability of ~1%. However, it has recently been shown that the… Expand

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