New Extreme Trans-Neptunian Objects: Towards A Super-Earth In Our Solar System Beyond A Few Hundred AU
We are conducting the widest and deepest survey ever obtained for extreme distant solar system objects. Our goal is to increase understanding of the origin of extremely high perihelion objects like Sedna and 2012 VP113. We also want to determine if the extreme trans-Neptunian objects cluster in their orbital angles, which would be an indication of a yet unobserved massive shepherding planet in the distant solar system, as first shown in Trujillo and Sheppard (2014). Our survey, started in 2012, has covered about 2000 square degrees to over 24th magnitude using the wide-field imagers on the Subaru 8 meter and CTIO 4 meter telescopes. We have found several new extreme solar system objects and inner Oort cloud objects as well as discovered the first outer Oort cloud object with a perihelion beyond Neptune. We will discuss these objects along with several other interesting objects discovered in our ongoing survey.
AAS/Division for Planetary Sciences Meeting Abstracts #48
- Pub Date:
- October 2016