Exploring the Outer Solar System 1: TNOs: a brief history, dynamical structure, and characteristics of its inhabitants
Space Telescope Science Institute, USA
November 7th, 2016
Series: XXVIII Canary Islands Winter School of Astrophysics: Solar System Exploration
Topic: Exploring the Outer Solar System
Lecture 1: TNOs: a brief history, dynamical structure, and characteristics of its inhabitants
This first talk is devoted to provide an overview of the current state of the population of minor bodies beyond the orbit of Neptune. A review of the discovery history is given, as well as a description of the physical, compositionsl, and dynamical properties of trans-Neptunian objects (TNOs), Pluto, and the Kuiper belt in general.