Earth Co-orbital Asteroid 2002 AA29
Asteroid 2002 AA29 is one of three known examples of horseshoe orbit
behaviour. The asteroid is co-orbital with Earth; the only substantial
difference in orbital parameters being a 10.7 degree inclination. From
time to time, 2002 AA29 leaves the horseshoe behaviour and enters a
quasi-satellite relationship with Earth (Connors et al. ), the next
instance being approximately 2580 AD. Using the SWIFT simulation suite
running on the Swinburne supercomputer this project investigates the
orbital behaviour of 2002 AA29, in particular the quasi-satellite phase.
The investigations confirm the presence of quasi-satellite behaviour and
discount the possibility of resonances with Jupiter causing the
Earth Co-orbital Asteroid 2002 AA29 Project PDF
This is a large, one page poster summarising the HET617 Project.
Earth Co-orbital Asteroid 2002 AA29 Poster PDF