Dynamically excited outer solar system objects in the Hubble space telescope archive

Cesar I. Fuentes, David E. Trilling, Matthew J. Holman

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Abstract

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∼ 2km) 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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number118
JournalAstrophysical Journal
Volume742
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011

Keywords

  • Kuiper belt: general
  • planets and satellites: formation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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