The Generation of the Distant Kuiper Belt by Planet Nine from an Initially Broad Perihelion Distribution

  title={The Generation of the Distant Kuiper Belt by Planet Nine from an Initially Broad Perihelion Distribution},
  author={T Khain and Konstantin Batygin and Michael E. Brown},
  journal={arXiv: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics},
The observation that the orbits of long-period Kuiper Belt objects are anomalously clustered in physical space has recently prompted the Planet Nine hypothesis - the proposed existence of a distant and eccentric planetary member of our solar system. Within the framework of this model, a Neptune-like perturber sculpts the orbital distribution of distant Kuiper Belt objects through a complex interplay of resonant and secular effects, such that in addition to perihelion-circulating objects, the… 

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