The population of natural Earth satellites

  title={The population of natural Earth satellites},
  author={Mikael Granvik and Jeremie Vaubaillon and Robert Jedicke},
Abstract We have for the first time calculated the population characteristics of the Earth’s irregular natural satellites (NESs) that are temporarily captured from the near-Earth-object (NEO) population. The steady-state NES size–frequency and residence-time distributions were determined under the dynamical influence of all the massive bodies in the Solar System (but mainly the Sun, Earth, and Moon) for NEOs of negligible mass. To this end, we compute the NES capture probability from the NEO… Expand
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