Beacon Transcript – As a team of Canadian scientists has been researching and mapping the Rosetta comet, their studies showed that we may own Kuiper’s Belt for the comet’s existence as it is its most likely forming place.
The team of Western University presented their study results at the joint event between the American Astronomical Society’s (ASS) Division for Planetary Sciences (DPS) 48th meeting and the European Planetary Science Congress (ESPC) 11th meeting which took place in Pasadena, California.
The team had set out to determine Rosetta’s comet or 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko’s orbit and original flying path.
As their original task was proven to be quite impossible due to the effect that Jupiter’s gravity had on the comet, the researchers managed to establish its most probable pathway.
The statistical and computational methods used in order to establish this dynamic pathway place Kuiper’s Belt as the most probable birth of the comet, and suggests its later appearance in the inner orbit of the Solar System.
By establishing its formation place, scientists can better understand its material consistency, the type of environment it was formed in, and also the effects that its actual position in the Solar System has had over the comet and how it transformed as it orbited the Sun.
As the researching team used both past and present knowledge about the Rosetta comet, it also heavily relied on the fact that the astral body is quite new to the inner system of our Sun.
On the astronomical scale of time, its 10,000 years make it quite a new addition and helped determine its previous location as being somewhere in the Kuiper Belt.
The time period also places it as a most probable member of the Jupiter comet Family. The Jupiter Family is the name given to a group of comets which have only appeared in our inner solar system sometime in the past 12,000 years.
As most of Jupiter Family comets originate from Kuiper’s Belt, preliminary investigations also placed Rosetta’s most probable initial location as being Kuiper’s.
Kuiper’s Belt is an area in the outside zones of our solar system that is characterized as being a ring-shaped gathering of asteroids, comets, and other various space bodies.
Research also showed that the comet most probably spent a number of millions of years in transiting the scattering disk, one of Kuiper’s Belt distant portions.
Rosetta comet or 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko distant origin seem to imply that it is made from matter older than our Earth as it is composed of primordial matter.
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