REALISTIC DETECTABILITY OF CLOSE INTERSTELLAR COMETS

@article{Cook2011REALISTICDO,
  title={REALISTIC DETECTABILITY OF CLOSE INTERSTELLAR COMETS},
  author={Nathaniel V. Cook and Darin Ragozzine and Mikael Granvik and Denise Catherine Stephens},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
  year={2011},
  volume={825}
}
During the planet formation process, billions of comets are created and ejected into interstellar space. The detection and characterization of such interstellar comets (ICs) (also known as extra-solar planetesimals or extra-solar comets) would give us in situ information about the efficiency and properties of planet formation throughout the galaxy. However, no ICs have ever been detected, despite the fact that their hyperbolic orbits would make them readily identifiable as unrelated to the… 

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