May 11, 2011

Playing with asteroids

I have had great fun with the Asteroid Orbital Elements Database. Here is a plot of the main belt and Trojans:


Plotting the size of the orbit and eccentricity shows the various asteroid families and gaps due to gravitational resonances:

Semimajor axis vs. eccentricity

Semimajor axis vs. eccentricity

There are families in terms of inclination too, of course. Plotting inclination vs eccentricity with distance as color gives this image:

Inclination and eccentricity

Posted by Anders3 at May 11, 2011 05:07 PM