A common mass scaling for satellite systems of gaseous planets

@article{Canup2006ACM,
  title={A common mass scaling for satellite systems of gaseous planets},
  author={R. Canup and W. Ward},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2006},
  volume={441},
  pages={834-839}
}
The Solar System's outer planets that contain hydrogen gas all host systems of multiple moons, which notably each contain a similar fraction of their respective planet's mass (∼10-4). This mass fraction is two to three orders of magnitude smaller than that of the largest satellites of the solid planets (such as the Earth's Moon), and its common value for gas planets has been puzzling. Here we model satellite growth and loss as a forming giant planet accumulates gas and rock-ice solids from… Expand

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