Orbits of Minor Bodies of the Solar System in the Circular Restricted Three-Body Problem

  • Jeremy B Tatum Mandyam N Anandaram


A brief introduction to the circular restricted three-body problem (CR3BP) is given where a third body of negligible mass moves under the combined gravitational- centrifugal potential of two co-rotating massive bodies restricted to circular orbits. The equipotential contours of a variety of two body systems in the solar system are presented along with interesting orbits of Trojans, Hildas, Thule in the Sun-Jupiter system, the libration of Pluto in the Sun-Neptune system and choreographic orbits.