Arjuna asteroids are a class of near-Earth asteroids (NEOs) whose orbits are very Earth-like in character, having low inclination, orbital periods close to one Earth year, and low eccentricity. The class is named after Arjuna, a central hero in Hindu mythology. The definition is somewhat fuzzy and overlaps the definition of the three well-established families Apollo, Amor and Aten. They constitute a dynamically cold group of small NEOs that experience repeated trappings in the 1:1 mean motion resonance with the Earth. [1 ] [2 ]
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Evidence for a near-Earth asteroid belt Rabinowitz, D. L., Gehrels, T., Scotti, J. V., McMillan, R. S., Perry, M. L., Wisniewski, W., Larson, S. M., Howell, E. S., & Mueller, B. E. A. 1993, Nature, Volume 363, no. 6431, p. 704-706.
The Near-Earth Object Population Gladman, B., Michel, P., & Froeschlé, C. 2000, Icarus, Volume 146, Issue 1, pp. 176-189.
A resonant family of dynamically cold small bodies in the near-Earth asteroid belt de la Fuente Marcos, C., de la Fuente Marcos, R. 2013, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society: Letters, Vol. 434, Issue 1, pp. L1-L5.
Geometric characterization of the Arjuna orbital domain de la Fuente Marcos, C., de la Fuente Marcos, R. 2014, Astronomische Nachrichten, to appear.