29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1, A Centaur in the Gateway to the Jupiter-Family Comets
Jupiter Family Comets (JFCs) are the evolutionary products of trans-Neptunian objects (TNOs) that evolve through the giant planet region as Centaurs and into the inner solar system. Through numerical orbital evolution calculations following a large number of TNO test particles that enter the Centaur population, we have identified a short-lived dynamical Gateway, a temporary low-eccentricity orbit exterior to Jupiter through which the majority of Centaurs that become JFCs pass. We apply an observationally-derived size distribution function to our modeled Centaur population and an empirical fading law to our simulated JFCs to estimate the population in this Gateway region; this produces results that are consistent with the observed number of objects in the Gateway. Currently, the most notable occupant of the Gateway region is Centaur 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann 1 (SW1), a highly active, regularly outbursting Centaur; its present-day, very low eccentricity orbit was established after a 1975 Jupiter conjunction and will continue until a 2038 Jupiter conjunction doubles its eccentricity and pushes its semi-major axis out to its current aphelion. Within the next 10,000 years, SW1 will likely evolve out of the Gateway region to become the largest JFC. The JFC Gateway region coincides with a heliocentric distance range where the activity of all observed cometary bodies increases significantly, so SW1's activity may be typical of the early evolutionary processing experienced by most JFCs. Thus, the Gateway region, and its most notable occupant SW1, is critical to both the dynamical and physical transition between Centaurs and JFCs.
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StarzanPlanets: Our new paper on the famous outbursting 29P/SW1 significantly advances our understanding of Centaurs & JFCs! It also shows that SW1 will start moving out of its current orbit in ~20 years. https://t.co/5r4xD7IWN6 @sir_galahead @kat_volk @steckloff @LWoodney & W.Harris #WeAreSW1 https://t.co/7DAGEhctFX
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