The Kuiper Belt and its Primordial Sculpting

  title={The Kuiper Belt and its Primordial Sculpting},
  author={A. Morbidelli and M. Brown and H. Levison},
  journal={Earth, Moon, and Planets},
  • A. Morbidelli, M. Brown, H. Levison
  • Published 2003
  • Earth, Moon, and Planets
  • We discuss the structure of the Kuiper belt as it can be inferred from the first decade of observations. In particular, we focus on its most intriguing properties – the mass deficit, inclination distribution, the apparent existence of an outer edge and of a correlation among inclinations, colours and sizes – which clearly show that the belt has lost its pristine structureof a dynamically cold proto-planetary disk. Understanding how the Kuiperbelt acquired its present structure will provide… CONTINUE READING
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