ON THE SIZE DEPENDENCE OF THE INCLINATION DISTRIBUTION OF THE MAIN KUIPER BELT

@article{Levison2001ONTS,
  title={ON THE SIZE DEPENDENCE OF THE INCLINATION DISTRIBUTION OF THE MAIN KUIPER BELT},
  author={H. F. Levison and S. Stern},
  journal={The Astronomical Journal},
  year={2001},
  volume={121},
  pages={1730-1735}
}
  • H. F. Levison, S. Stern
  • Published 2001
  • Physics
  • The Astronomical Journal
  • We present a new analysis of the currently available orbital elements for the known Kuiper belt objects. In the nonresonant, main Kuiper belt, we find a statistically significant relationship between an object's absolute magnitude (H) and its inclination (i). Objects with H 6.5 (radii 170 km). We have shown that this relationship is not caused by any obvious observational bias. We argue that the main Kuiper belt consists of the superposition of two distinct distributions. One is dynamically hot… CONTINUE READING
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