CAOSP abstracts, Volume: 51, No.: 3, year: 2021

Abstract: We performed a search for pairs of trans-Neptunian objects in close orbits with semi-major axes of more than 30 AU. Distances in the space of Keplerian orbits were estimated using the Kholshevnikov metrics. Found 21 pairs of trans-Neptunian objects in which one of the components is binary, for Kholshevnikov metrics in five-dimensional space of Keplerian orbits less than 0.121 AU1/2. All pairs belong to cold Classical Kuiper belt objects. Based on nominal orbits, the dynamic evolution of pairs of trans-Neptunian objects in the past 10 Myr has been studied numerically. We searched for low relative-velocity close encounters between trans-Neptunian objects in pairs as well as the minima of the Kholshevnikov metrics and the convergence of the lines of nodes and apses, to estimate the age of the pairs.

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