Fast Geometric Method for Calculating Accurate Minimum Orbit Intersection Distances
2013 (English)In: Acta Astronomica, ISSN 0001-5237, Vol. 63, no 2, 293-307 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
We present a new method to compute Minimum Orbit Intersection Distances (MOIDs) for arbitrary pairs of heliocentric orbits and compare it with Giovanni Gronchi's algebraic method. Our procedure is numerical and iterative, and the MOID configuration is found by geometric scanning and tuning. A basic element is the meridional plane, used for initial scanning, which contains one of the objects and is perpendicular to the orbital plane of the other. Our method also relies on an efficient tuning technique in order to zoom in on the MOID configuration, starting from the first approximation found by scanning. We work with high accuracy and take special care to avoid the risk of missing the MOID, which is inherent to our type of approach. We demonstrate that our method is both fast, reliable and flexible. It is freely available and its source Fortran code downloadable via our web page.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 63, no 2, 293-307 p.
Celestial mechanics, Minor planets, asteroids: general, Comets: general
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-207654ISI: 000323396300010OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-207654DiVA: diva2:649009