Chaos in Solar System Dynamics

  • Rudolf Dvorak
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 626)


The effect of solar system chaos on small bodies, such as comets and asteroids, is quite different from that experienced by the major planets. It is more obvious in the motion of the large number of small bodies in the planetary region. Thus, the existence of different groups of comets and asteroids is due to the different qualities of the various resonances — mean motion resonances, secular resonances and three-body resonances — but especially because of resonance overlap. Moreover, chaotic motion has also been found in the motion of the planets and appears to be present on even a larger level in extra-solar planetary systems.


Solar System Chaotic Motion Planetary System Semimajor Axis Terrestrial Planet 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Rudolf Dvorak
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  1. 1.Institute of AstronomyUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria

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