Critical inclination of Trojan asteroids

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The author's earlier solution for Trojan asteroids is developed further. It is shown that depending on the amplitude of libration around the Lagrangian point L4, there is a critical inclination which determines the sign of the variation of the ascending node. If the orbital inclination of a Trojan is smaller than the critical one, then the ascending node decreases and otherwise it increases. The variation of the eccentricity and of the longitude of the perihelion has also a dependence on the critical inclination.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)435-441
Number of pages7
JournalCelestial Mechanics
Issue number1-4
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science

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