On the orbital dependence of the asteroidal collision process

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Collision of asteroids with the main-belt asteroid population is considered with the effect of the impact kinetic energy taken into account. It is found that objects in eccentric orbits have a larger probability of destructive collision as compared to objects in orbits with mean values of eccentricity (e = 0.15) and inclination (i = 10°); also orbits with small semimajor axes (a ≈ 2.3 AU) are found to have peak values of the probability of destructive collision.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)378-381
Number of pages4
Issue number3
StatePublished - Nov 1977


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