Statistical Study of the Early Solar System's Instability with Four, Five, and Six Giant Planets

@article{Nesvorn2012StatisticalSO,
  title={Statistical Study of the Early Solar System's Instability with Four, Five, and Six Giant Planets},
  author={D. Nesvorn{\'y} and A. Morbidelli},
  journal={The Astronomical Journal},
  year={2012},
  volume={144},
  pages={117}
}
  • D. Nesvorný, A. Morbidelli
  • Published 2012
  • Physics
  • The Astronomical Journal
  • Several properties of the solar system, including the wide radial spacing and orbital eccentricities of giant planets, can be explained if the early solar system evolved through a dynamical instability followed by migration of planets in the planetesimal disk. Here we report the results of a statistical study, in which we performed nearly 104 numerical simulations of planetary instability starting from hundreds of different initial conditions. We found that the dynamical evolution is typically… CONTINUE READING
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