Week 7, Small bodies
- Lecture 3.13: Asteroid compositions
- Lecture 3.14: Pictures of asteroids
- Lecture 3.15: Asteroid hazards
- Lecture 3.16: The Kuiper belt
- Lecture 3.17: Properties of dwarf planets
- Lecture 3.18: Dynamical instabilities
- Lecture 3.19: The Grand Tack
- Lecture 3.20: Planet Nine
- Lecture 3.21: A trip to the Subaru telescope
Lecture 3.11: Asteroids and meteorite delivery
- These are some nice papers on the dynamics in the inner and main asteroid belts.
- Everything works better with the Yarkovsky effect
Lecture 3.12: The compositons of asteroids
- The data shown in the lecture came from this paper
- The plots (and discussion) of asteroid distributions are here
Lecture 3.13: Impact hazards
- NASA's Near Earth Object program, centered at JPL, does an excellent job of tracking NEO, carefully computing orbits, and assessing their risks. This is all extremely good stuff and is an example of the right sort of approach to the hazard: collect data; determine level of risk; and (when you see that it is small) chill.
Lecture 3.14: The Kuiper belt
- Alessandro Morbidelli wrote a nice review paper a few years back that is still very relevant today
Lecture 3.15: Properties of dwarf planets
- Haumea is a crazy place, and I've written about it a lot
- Makemake and Quaoar get talked about less
- The best place to read about the discoveries of all of these dwarf planets is a memoir by one of the guys involved in the discoveries.
Lecture 3.16: Why Pluto had to die
Lecture 3.17: Dynamical instabilities
- The classic papers on the Nice model are the first three papers on this list
- The Los Angeles Times did a cover article all about the Nice model (!) a few months ago. The pictures and video are spectacular.
Lecture 3.18: The Grand Tack
- The original Grand Tack paper can be found here.
- A nice review article on terrestrial planet formation which lays the arguments out in a more extended for is here.
Lecture 3.19: Sedna
- I wrote, but never finished, a long series about Sedna