Strong chaos induced by close encounters with Ceres and Vesta (J. Laskar et al.)
- Published on 12 July 2011
Vol. 532In section 1. Letters
Strong chaos induced by close encounters with Ceres and Vesta
A&A Press release. Astronomy & Astrophysics is publishing a new study of the orbital evolution of minor planets Ceres and Vesta, a few days before the flyby of Vesta by the Dawn spacecraft. A team of astronomers found that close encounters among these bodies lead to strong chaotic behavior of their orbits, as well as of the Earth's eccentricity. This means, in particular, that the Earth's past orbit cannot be reconstructed beyond 60 million years. Read the A&A press release.