Stability and Evolution of the Minor Bodies of the Solar System

  • R. O. Vicente
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Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 127)


The stability and the evolution of the minor bodies of the solar system are discussed. The comets have a very important role in the evolution of the other minor bodies, i.e., meteor streams, asteroids of group 1 (orbits beyond Saturn) and group 3 (earth crossing orbits). The evolution of short period comets is fairly rapid in comparison with the duration of the main stage of the evolution of the solar system. The evolution of the orbits of the asteroids situated between Mars and Jupiter, seems to be quite different from the other asteroids having the duration of evolution comparable with the planets for a majority of them.


Solar System Selection Effect Main Stage Orbital Element Planetary System 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. O. Vicente
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  1. 1.Dept. of Applied Mathematics, Faculty of SciencesLisbon UniversityPortugal

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