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Persistent Evidence of a Jovian Mass Solar Companion in the Oort Cloud

Persistent Evidence of a Jovian Mass Solar Companion in the Oort Cloud

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Persistent Evidence of a Jovian Mass Solar Companion in the Oort Cloud
John J. Matese and Daniel P. WhitmireDepartment of PhysicsUniversity of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, LA, 70504-4210 USAPages: 41 including 2 cover sheets, 39 text pages, 2 tables, 9 figuresSubmitted to the journal ICARUS on 15 April 2010.
 
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“Jovian Mass Solar Companion in the Oort Cloud”
EDITORIAL CORRESPONDENCE AND PROOFS
John J. MateseDepartment of PhysicsUniversity of Louisiana at LafayetteLafayette, LA, 70504-4210Tel: (337) 482 6697Fax: (337) 482 6699E-mail: matese@louisiana.edu2
 
Abstract:
We present an updated dynamical and statistical analysis of outer Oort cloudcometary evidence suggesting the sun has a wide-binary Jovian mass companion. The resultssupport a conjecture that there exists a companion of mass
1
4 M
Jupiter
orbiting in theinnermost region of the outer Oort cloud. Our most restrictive prediction is that the orientationangles of the orbit normal in galactic coordinates are centered on Ω, the galactic longitude of the ascending node = 319
and
i
, the galactic inclination = 103
(or the opposite direction)with an uncertainty in the normal direction subtending
2% of the sky. A Bayesian statisticalanalysis suggests that the probability of the companion hypothesis is comparable to or greaterthan the probability of the null hypothesis of a statistical fluke. Such a companion could alsohave produced the detached Kuiper Belt object Sedna. The putative companion could be easilydetected by the recently launched Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE).
Key Words:
Comets, dynamics; Celestial mechanics; Kuiper Belt; Jovian planets; Planetary dynamics3

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