The Solar System Beyond Neptune

The Solar System Beyond Neptune

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A new frontier in our solar system opened with the discovery of the Kuiper Belt and the extensive population of icy bodies orbiting beyond Neptune. Today the study of all of these bodies, collectively referred to as trans-Neptunian objects, reveals them to be frozen time capsules from the earliest epochs of solar system formation. This new volume in the Space Science Series, with one hundred contributing authors, offers the most detailed and up-to-date picture of our solar systemA┬Ľs farthest frontier. Our understanding of trans-Neptunian objects is rapidly evolving and currently constitutes one of the most active research fields in planetary sciences. The Solar System Beyond Neptune brings the reader to the forefront of our current understanding and points the way to further advancement in the field, making it an indispensable resource for researchers and students in planetary science.The problem with extended disks, and multiple embryos, is that one or more of the embryos should still be in the remnant disk ... upset the resonant structure of the Kuiper belt in the process of being scattered (H. Levison, personal communication, 2007). ... There is not much room in the model between Saturn and the outer planetary disk to fit more Earth- mass or greater ... DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK McKinnon (2002) strongly criticized the often unstated assumptions in cometaryanbsp;...

Title:The Solar System Beyond Neptune
Author:M. Antonietta Barucci
Publisher:University of Arizona Press - 2008


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