Implications of the Observed Distributions of Very Long Period Comet Orbits
NAVAL OBSERVATORY WASHINGTON DC
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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.