The Phase Space Structure Near Neptune Resonances in the Kuiper Belt

  title={The Phase Space Structure Near Neptune Resonances in the Kuiper Belt},
  author={Renu Malhotra},
  journal={The Astronomical Journal},
  • R. Malhotra
  • Published 1 June 1995
  • Physics, Geology
  • The Astronomical Journal
The Solar system beyond Neptune is believed to house a population of small primordial bodies left over from the planet formation process. The region up to heliocentric distance -50 AU (a.k.a. the Kuiper Belt) may be the source of the observed short-period comets. In this region, the phase space structure near orbital resonances with Neptune is of special interest for the long-term stability of orbits. There is reason to believe that a significant fraction (perhaps most) of the Kuiper Belt… 
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