July 26, 2016

How old are cometary orbits? Ejected gas giant etiology?

Filed under: Letters from Ionia — zankaon @ 4:12 pm

Since mass loss would seem slight, might a comet’s orbit have originated billion of years ago? Perhaps destabilized from early Oort cloud formation, by an ejected gas giant? So might a collisional effect for Uranus, long period comet orbit formation, and any gas giant ejection from our system, have a relationship? Would such gas giant planet be detectable in infrared, and distinguishable from a sister star red dwarf?


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