Volume 383, Number 3, MarchI 2002
|Page(s)||1049 - 1053|
|Section||Atomic, molecular, and nuclear data|
|Published online||15 March 2002|
On the asymmetry of the distribution of observable comets induced by a star passage through the Oort cloud
Astronomical Observatory of the A. Mickiewicz University, ul. Słoneczna 36, 60-286 Poznań, Poland
Corresponding author: email@example.com
Accepted: 28 November 2001
Single passage of a star through the Oort cloud yields anisotropic distribution of observable long period comets. This conclusion emerges from our extensive Monte Carlo simulations of the directional distribution of long-period comets induced by a stellar passage through the Oort cloud. For a broad range of simulation parameters we obtained the asymmetric distribution of comets as result of a single stellar passage. A direct result of our simulation is a guide-line for studies of the anisotropies in the observed long-period comet sample and searching for fingerprints of a recent stellar passage. We obtained an isotropic distribution, as simulated by Weissman ([CITE]) only for a very peculiar choice of input parameters. The accuracy of our calculations was verified by consistency of the impulse approximation and direct orbit integration results.
Key words: comets: general / Oort cloud / solar system: general
© ESO, 2002
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