Rapid dynamical evolution of giant comet Chiron

  title={Rapid dynamical evolution of giant comet Chiron},
  author={Gerhard J. Hahn and Mark E. Bailey},
Numerical simulation of orbits like that of the giant comet Chiron show a distinct asymmetry between past and future. Simulations extending ±100,000 years from the present suggest that on this time-scale, Chiron is about twice as likely to have been a short-period comet at some time in the past as to become one in the future. The mean half-life for such… CONTINUE READING