Destruction of Comets

Oct. 7, 2022, noon - 1 p.m.

Presented By:
David Jewitt

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Comets live almost forever in the Oort cloud and Kuiper belt but quickly die upon entering the terrestrial planet region.  The reason for their quick demise was long thought to be the depletion of ice by sublimation but this process turns out to be insufficient.  I will discuss the destruction of comets and its implications for the Kuiper belt and Oort populations.