The Plane of the Kuiper Belt

@article{Brown2004ThePO,
  title={The Plane of the Kuiper Belt},
  author={M. Brown and M. Pan},
  journal={The Astronomical Journal},
  year={2004},
  volume={127},
  pages={2418-2423}
}
  • M. Brown, M. Pan
  • Published 2004
  • Physics
  • The Astronomical Journal
  • We present a robust method for measuring the effective plane of the Kuiper belt. The derived plane has an inclination with respect to the ecliptic of 1o.86 and an ascending node of 81o.6, with a 1 σ error in pole position of the plane of 0o.37. The plane of the Kuiper belt is inconsistent with the invariable plane, the plane of Jupiter, and the plane of Neptune at the greater than 3 σ level. Using linear secular perturbation theory, we show that the plane of the Kuiper belt is expected to… CONTINUE READING

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