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Living a (Solar System) Lifetime in Color

13 Dec 2018, 17:56 UTC
Living a (Solar System) Lifetime in Color
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Title: Col-OSSOS: Color and Inclination are Correlated Throughout the Kuiper BeltAuthors: Michaël Marsset, Wesley C. Fraser, et alFirst Author’s Institution: Queen’s University BelfastStatus: Accepted to the Astronomical Journal, open access on ArXivThe outer reaches of our own Solar System remain a mystery. Astronomers are only just beginning to shine (colored) light on the distant region of our Solar System called the Kuiper Belt. But this region has a lot to tell us about the history of the Solar System — N-body simulations predict the types of objects we should find and what their orbits should look like. Are they locked into an orbital resonance with Neptune? Have they been flung out of the plane of the Solar System by a past interaction with another object? Other studies also predict the types of molecules we should see based on where the objects formed and how they have been flung around the Solar System.
From Grayscale to ColorFigure 1. Demonstration of spectroscopy vs. broad-band filter imaging. The spectrum (of a galaxy, for this plot) is shown in black, while the filter acceptance by wavelength for the BViz filters are shown in color. The flux from all wavelengths spanned by a filter is ...

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