PI: David Jewitt, UC Los Angeles, firstname.lastname@example.org
Address: UCLA Earth and Space Sciences and Institute for Geophysics and Planetary Physics, 3713 Geology Building, Box 951567, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1567, USA
CoI: Henry Hsieh, Queen's University of Belfast
CoI: Chad Trujillo, Gemini Observatory - North
Title: Ice Near the Sun: The Main Belt Comets
Abstract: Main-belt comets (MBCs) are objects simultaneously possessing the dynamical characteristics of main-belt asteroids and the physical appearances of comets. We propose a short imaging survey to assess mass-loss from a potential new class of MBCs having small-perihelion (high temperature) orbits. MBCs constitute a recently discovered and potentially large repository for ice in a region previously thought to be occupied only by rocky asteroids.
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