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Dynamically excited outer solar system objects in the Hubble Space Telescope archive

Fuentes, Cesar I. and Trilling, David E. and Holman, Matthew J. (2011) Dynamically excited outer solar system objects in the Hubble Space Telescope archive. Astrophysical Journal, 742 (2). p. 118. ISSN 1538-4357


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We present the faintest mid-ecliptic latitude survey in the second part of Hubble Space Telescope archival search for outer solar system bodies. We report the discovery of 28 new trans-Neptunian objects and one small centaur (R similar to 2 km) in the band 5°-20° off the ecliptic. The inclination distribution of these excited objects is consistent with the distribution derived from brighter ecliptic surveys. We suggest that the size and inclination distribution should be estimated consistently using suitable surveys with calibrated search algorithms and reliable orbital information.

Item Type: Article
ID number or DOI: 10.1088/0004-637X/742/2/118
Keywords: bodies; inclination distribution; Kuiper belt: general; kuiper-belt objects; luminosity function; planets and satellites: formation; search; size distribution; Trans-Neptunian objects
Subjects: Q Science > QB Astronomy
NAU Depositing Author Academic Status: Faculty/Staff
Department/Unit: College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Science > Physics and Astronomy
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2015 04:48
URI: http://openknowledge.nau.edu/id/eprint/107

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