Article

Nongravitational Effects of Cometary Activity

Citation

Mottola S, Attree N, Jorda L, Keller HU, Kokotanekova R, Marshall D & Skorov Y (2020) Nongravitational Effects of Cometary Activity. Space Science Reviews, 216 (1), Art. No.: 2. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11214-019-0627-5

Abstract
Nongravitational forces induced by sublimation of volatiles affect the rotational and orbital dynamics of comets. In addition to contributing to the improvement of ephemerides and of rotational models, nongravitational effects can help constrain the regional distribution and temporal evolution of cometary activity, which in turn provides input for the development of thermophysical and dust transport models. We review the progress that has been made in this field thanks to the Rosetta mission and we highlight the open questions.

Keywords
Nongravitational acceleration; Orbital evolution; Cometary activity

Journal
Space Science Reviews: Volume 216, Issue 1

StatusPublished
FundersSTFC Science & Technology Facilities Council
Publication date29/02/2020
Publication date online06/01/2020
Date accepted by journal02/12/2019
ISSN0038-6308
eISSN1572-9672