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February 03, 2017: Characterizing Middle And Outer Solar System Minor Bodies As Probes For Solar System Evolution

Posted on Jan 4, 2017 in Seminars

Ian Wong (Caltech)

Many current theories posit a period of chaotic dynamical alterations throughout the middle and outer Solar System, during which the orbital architecture of the gas and ice giants changed drastically and the remnant planetesimals from planet formation were scattered. Using photometry, spectroscopy, and magnitude distribution analysis to study the present-day minor bodies that occupy this region namely, Jupiter Trojans, Hilda asteroids, Kuiper Belt objects and Centaurs we can compare the properties of the various populations and begin to evaluate our understanding of Solar System evolution.