Astron. J., 156, 290-290 (2018/December-0)
Exocomets in the 47 UMa system: theoretical simulations including water transport.
CUNTZ M., LOIBNEGGER B. and DVORAK R.
Abstract (from CDS):
Motivated by ongoing discoveries of features (most likely) attributable to exocomets in various systems, this study examines the dynamics of possible comets around 47 UMa. Based on the assumption that most systems hosting planets should also harbor leftovers from planet formation processes, comets are thus also expected to exist in the system of 47 UMa. This system is known to host three Jupiter-type planets; however, based on stability analyses, additional terrestrial planets in stable orbits might also be able to exist, including planets in 47 UMa's habitable zone (HZ). Furthermore, we also consider a possible "Hilda"-planet. The aim of our study is to explore the interaction of exocomets with the Jupiter-type planets in the system and examine the probability of cometary collisions with the planets, including possible Earth-mass planets located in the HZ. Moreover, we investigate the transport of water onto the Earth-mass planets, including quantitative estimates. It is found that most Earth-mass planets would be able to receive some water, but much less than is currently present on Earth. We also checked if the comets form families, but no families were found. Finally, the capture of comets in close orbits and the possibility that small clouds formed when comets come too close to the star and disintegrate are also part of our work.
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astrobiology - circumstellar matter - comets: general - methods: numerical - protoplanetary disks - stars: individual: 47 UMa
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