The Relationship between Centaurs and Jupiter Family Comets with Implications for K-Pg-type Impacts

  title={The Relationship between Centaurs and Jupiter Family Comets with Implications for K-Pg-type Impacts},
  author={Kevin R. Grazier and Jonathan Horner and Julie C. Castillo‐Rogez},
  journal={Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society},
Centaurs—icy bodies orbiting beyond Jupiter and interior to Neptune—are believed to be dynamically related to Jupiter Family Comets (JFCs), which have aphelia near Jupiter's orbit, and perihelia in the inner Solar System. Previous dynamical simulations have recreated the Centaur/JFC conversion, but the mechanism behind that process remains poorly described. We have performed a numerical simulation of Centaur analogues that recreates this process, generating a dataset detailing over 2.6… 

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