Accession Number:

ADA591123

Title:

Implications of the Observed Distributions of Very Long Period Comet Orbits

Descriptive Note:

Journal article

Corporate Author:

NAVAL OBSERVATORY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1985-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

4.0

Abstract:

It is argued that the calculations of Van Flandern 1977, and Byl 1983 seriously underestimate the effects of galactic perturbations on the distributions and orientations of very-long-period comets. Revised calculations are given which take into account the effects of galactic perturbation and observational error. It is shown that the revised calculations are consistent with a uniform distribution of comets within the Oort Cloud.

Subject Categories:

  • Astronomy

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE