On the Fate of Interstellar Objects Captured by Our Solar System

  title={On the Fate of Interstellar Objects Captured by Our Solar System},
  author={Kevin J. Napier and Fred C. Adams and Konstantin Batygin},
  journal={The Planetary Science Journal},
With the recent discoveries of interstellar objects Oumuamua and Borisov traversing the solar system, understanding the dynamics of interstellar objects is more pressing than ever. These detections have highlighted the possibility that captured interstellar material could be trapped in our solar system. The first step in rigorously investigating this question is to calculate a capture cross section for interstellar objects as a function of hyperbolic excess velocity, which can be convolved with… Expand
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