The Vulcanoid Asteroids: Past, Present and Future

  title={The Vulcanoid Asteroids: Past, Present and Future},
  author={Martin Beech and Lowell Peltier},
A review and discussion of both the historical and contemporaneous ideas pertaining to the putative population of Vulcanoid asteroids is presented. Current observations indicate that no objects larger than between 5 to 10 km in diameter reside in the orbital stability zone between 0.06 and 0.2 AU from the Sun, and that, at best, only a small population of Vulcanoid asteroids might exist at the present epoch. We review the physical processes (sublimation mass loss, evolution of the Sun’s… 

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