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The Stellar Encounter Research Potential of the Euclid Mission

Stolk, Oscar (2024) The Stellar Encounter Research Potential of the Euclid Mission. Master's Thesis / Essay, Astronomy.


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This thesis examines the Earth’s climate as an embedded system within the Solar System and the Milky Way. It highlights the influence of comet impacts on Earth’s climate, emphasizing the inter- connectedness of these systems. The study focuses on the creation of comet showers by Oort Cloud perturbations from close stellar encounters and their subsequent climatic effects on Earth. The thesis presents the Sequence Equation, a framework in which these complex interactions can be interpreted and quantified. Deep wide-field imaging surveys such as Euclid can contribute significantly to the research on close stellar encounters. This would be useful for refining the outcome of the Sequence Equation, which in this thesis is estimated to indicate between none and a few dozen encounter-comet-climate change events in the Earth’s Main Sequence life time.

Item Type: Thesis (Master's Thesis / Essay)
Supervisor name: Verdoes Kleijn, G.A.
Degree programme: Astronomy
Thesis type: Master's Thesis / Essay
Language: English
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2024 10:34
Last Modified: 29 Apr 2024 10:34

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