2/3/2017 - Middle and Outer Solar System Bodies As Probes of Solar System Evolution

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12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Geology 3814

Presented By:
Ian Wong - Caltech

Abstract

Middle and Outer Solar System Bodies As Probes of Solar System Evolution

Many current theories posit a period of dynamical chaos throughout the middle and outer Solar System, during which the orbital architecture of the gas and ice giants changed drastically and the remnant planetesimals 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.

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