Triton, Pluto, Centaurs, and Trans-Neptunian Bodies

  title={Triton, Pluto, Centaurs, and Trans-Neptunian Bodies},
  author={D. Cruikshank},
  journal={Space Science Reviews},
  • D. Cruikshank
  • Published 2005
  • Space Science Reviews
  • The diverse populations of icy bodies of the outer Solar System (OSS) give critical information on the composition and structure of the solar nebula and the early phases of planet formation. The two principal repositories of icy bodies are the Kuiper belt or disk, and the Oort Cloud, both of which are the source regions of the comets. Nearly 1000 individual Kuiper belt objects have been discovered; their dynamical distribution is a clue to the early outward migration and gravitational… CONTINUE READING
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