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Nature of the Kirkwood gaps in the asteroid belt

Nature volume 301, pages 201205 (20 January 1983) | Download Citation

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The distributions of orbital eccentricities e and inclinations I near the jovian resonances in the asteroid belt show that the observed Kirkwood gaps in the distribution of the semimajor axes were formed after the asteroids had dispersed from the near-coplanar disk in which they accreted.

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    • Carl D. Murray

    Present address: Department of Applied Mathematics, Queen Mary College, Mile End Road, London E1 4NS, UK.

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