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Michele Bannister
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Solar System Group, Astrophysics Research Centre
Queen's University Belfast
Exploring the distant Solar System
The small icy worlds beyond Neptune provide insights into the early history of the Solar System. I am interested in understanding how they formed, evolved and reached their present orbits, and in the landforms of their surface ices.
New first-author paper:
OSSOS: V. Diffusion in the orbit of a high-perihelion distant Solar System object. arXiv:1704.01952 (AJ, in press).
I discuss the strange and wonderful orbit of 2013 SY99 here.
New coauthor paper:
All planetesimals born near the Kuiper belt formed as binaries. (Nature Astronomy, 4 April 2017).
If you're interested in our OSSOS dwarf planet candidate 2015 RR245, there are some excellent summaries from the Globe and Mail, National Geographic, NY Times, Sky and Telescope, EOS, and the CBC.