Distant Dance with Neptune
Visualization of simulated orbits near and in a very distant resonance with Neptune. The horizontal dimension represents how closely objects approach Neptune when they are at perihelion; objects in resonance dance back and forth between the “eyes” of the pattern. The colors are chosen from a New Horizons compositional map of Pluto, the most famous known object in resonance with Neptune.
Kat Volk is a staff scientist at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. Her research focuses on orbital dynamics and solar system small bodies.