Population of the Scattered Kuiper Belt

  title={Population of the Scattered Kuiper Belt},
  author={Chadwick A. Trujillo and David C. Jewitt and Jane X. Luu},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal Letters},
  pages={L103 - L106}
We present the discovery of three new scattered Kuiper Belt objects (SKBOs) from a wide-field survey of the ecliptic. This continuing survey has to date covered 20.2 deg2 to a limiting red magnitude of 23.6. We combine the data from this new survey with an existing survey conducted at the University of Hawaii 2.2 m telescope to constrain the number and mass of the SKBOs. The SKBOs are characterized by large eccentricities, perihelia near 35 AU, and semimajor axes greater than 50 AU. Using a… 

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▪ Abstract The region of the solar system immediately beyond Neptune's orbit is densely populated with small bodies. This region, known as the Kuiper Belt, consists of objects that may predate Nept...