INSTITUTO ARGENTINO DE NIVOLOGIA, GLACIOLOGIA Y CIENCIAS AMBIENTALES
Unidad Ejecutora - UE
Is comet C/1853 E1 (Secchi) extrasolar?
BRANHAM, RICHARD L. JR.
WILEY-V C H VERLAG GMBH
Lugar: Weinheim; Año: 2012 vol. 333 p. 118 - 124
Comet C/1853 E1 (Secchi) has a hyperbolic orbit with eccentricity 1.01060 and perihelion outside of the Earth?s orbit. Integrating the orbit with barycentric coordinates backwards to 50 000 AU, the approximate edge of the Oort cloud, shows that the orbit remains hyperbolic. This is still true even if plutoids additional to Pluto are included in the integration. Nor does including Galactic tidal and disc effects and possible nongravitational forces change the orbit to a high eccentricity ellipse. Although certain factors, such as unknown massive plutoids, gravitational effects by interstellar gas clouds, or unmodelled nongravitational forces operating on the comet, could change this situation, the tentative conclusion that the origin of this comet is extrasolar remains the one most consistent with the observations.tentative conclusion that the origin of this comet is extrasolar remains the one most consistent with the observations.