Potential Themis-family Asteroid Contribution to the Jupiter-family Comet Population

  title={Potential Themis-family Asteroid Contribution to the Jupiter-family Comet Population},
  author={Henry H. Hsieh and Bojan Novakovi{\'c} and Kevin J. Walsh and Norbert Sch{\"o}rghofer},
  journal={The Astronomical Journal},
Recent dynamical analyses suggest that some Jupiter family comets (JFCs) may originate in the main asteroid belt instead of the outer solar system. This possibility is particularly interesting given evidence that icy main-belt objects are known to be present in the Themis asteroid family. We report results from dynamical analyses specifically investigating the possibility that icy Themis family members could contribute to the observed population of JFCs. Numerical integrations show that such… 

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