Influence of the Centaurs and TNOs on the main belt and its families

  title={Influence of the Centaurs and TNOs on the main belt and its families},
  author={Mattia Alvise Galiazzo and Paul A. Wiegert and Safwan Aljbaae},
  journal={Astrophysics and Space Science},
Centaurs are objects whose orbits are found between those of the giant planets. They are supposed to originate mainly from the Trans-Neptunian objects, and they are among the sources of Near-Earth Objects. Trans-Neptunian Objects (TNOs) cross Neptune’s orbit and produce the Centaurs. We investigate their interactions with main belt asteroids to determine if chaotic scattering caused by close encounters and impacts by these bodies may have played a role in the dynamical evolution of the main… Expand

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