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Consolidating and Crushing Exoplanets: Did it happen here?

By SpaceRef Editor
February 24, 2015
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Consolidating and Crushing Exoplanets: Did it happen here?

Kathryn Volk, Brett Gladman

(Submitted on 23 Feb 2015)

The Kepler mission results indicate that systems of tighty-packed inner planets (STIPs) are present around of order 5% of FGK field stars (whose median age is ~5 Gyr). We propose that STIPs initially surrounded nearly all such stars and those observed are the final survivors of a process in which long-term metastability eventually ceases and the systems proceed to collisional consolidation or destruction, losing roughly equal fractions of systems every decade in time. In this context, we also propose that our Solar System initially contained additional large planets interior to the current orbit of Venus, which survived in a metastable dynamical configuration for 1-10% of the Solar System’s age. Long-term gravitational perturbations caused the system to orbit cross, leading to a cataclysmic event which left Mercury as the sole surviving relic.

Comments: submitted to ApJ Letters

Subjects: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP)

Cite as: arXiv:1502.06558 [astro-ph.EP] (or arXiv:1502.06558v1 [astro-ph.EP] for this version)

Submission history

From: Kathryn Volk 

[v1] Mon, 23 Feb 2015 19:21:35 GMT (321kb)



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