Long-term stability of horseshoe orbits

  title={Long-term stability of horseshoe orbits},
  author={Matija 'Cuk and Douglas P. Hamilton and Matthew J. Holman},
Unlike Trojans, horseshoe coorbitals are not generally considered to be long-term stable (Dermott & Murray 1981a; Murray & Dermott 1999). As the lifetime of Earth’s and Venus’s horseshoe coorbitals is expected to be about a Gyr, we investigated the possible contribution of late-escaping inner planet coorbitals to the lunar Late Heavy Bombardment. Contrary to analytical estimates, we do not find many horseshoe objects escaping after the first 100 Myr. In order to understand this behaviour, we… CONTINUE READING
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