View Full Version : New Classification for Distant Solar System Objects

2005-Sep-12, 02:24 PM
SUMMARY: Astronomers are working on a new way to classify the objects that inhabit the outer solar system. Currently there's some confusion between comets, Centaurs, trans-Neptunian objects, Kuiper Belt Objects, etc. The new scheme classifies objects by their distance from the Sun, and then by the angle they make with the plane of the ecliptic. Hopefully this will help astronomers trace the history and predict the future for different kinds of objects.

View full article (http://www.universetoday.com/am/publish/new_solar_system_objects.html)
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2005-Sep-12, 03:09 PM
Has it caught on yet?

2005-Sep-12, 06:39 PM
Has it caught on yet?

I don't know, anyway here's the technical paper