The Kuiper Belt and the Solar System's Comet Disk

  title={The Kuiper Belt and the Solar System's Comet Disk},
  author={Brett J. Gladman},
  pages={71 - 75}
  • B. Gladman
  • Published 7 January 2005
  • Physics, Medicine
  • Science
Our planetary system is embedded in a small-body disk of asteroids and comets, vestigial remnants of the original planetesimal population that formed the planets. Once formed, those planets dispersed most of the remaining small bodies. Outside of Neptune, this process has left our Kuiper belt and built the Oort cloud, as well as emplacing comets into several other identifiable structures. The orbits in these structures indicate that our outer solar system's comet disk was shaped by a variety of… Expand
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