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The Main Belt Comets and Ice in the Solar System

Status Report From: arXiv.org e-Print archive
Posted: Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Colin Snodgrass, Jessica Agarwal, Michael Combi, Alan Fitzsimmons, Aurelie Guilbert-Lepoutre, Henry H. Hsieh, Man-To Hui, Emmanuel Jehin, Michael S. P. Kelley, Matthew M. Knight, Cyrielle Opitom, Roberto Orosei, Miguel de Val-Borro, Bin Yang
(Submitted on 16 Sep 2017)

We review the evidence for buried ice in the asteroid belt; specifically the questions around the so-called Main Belt Comets (MBCs). We summarise the evidence for water throughout the Solar System, and describe the various methods for detecting it, including remote sensing from ultraviolet to radio wavelengths. We review progress in the first decade of study of MBCs, including observations, modelling of ice survival, and discussion on their origins. We then look at which methods will likely be most effective for further progress, including the key challenge of direct detection of (escaping) water in these bodies.

Comments:    Invited review for Astron. Astrophys. Rev. 43 pages + references. Product of ISSI team this http URL
Subjects:    Earth and Planetary Astrophysics (astro-ph.EP)
Cite as:    arXiv:1709.05549 [astro-ph.EP] (or arXiv:1709.05549v1 [astro-ph.EP] for this version)
Submission history
From: Colin Snodgrass
[v1] Sat, 16 Sep 2017 18:53:12 GMT (1768kb,D)
https://arxiv.org/abs/1709.05549

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