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Calculating the Potato Radius of Asteroids using the Height of Mt. Everest

@article{Caplan2015CalculatingTP,
  title={Calculating the Potato Radius of Asteroids using the Height of Mt. Everest},
  author={M. Caplan},
  journal={arXiv: Physics Education},
  year={2015}
}
  • M. Caplan
  • Published 2015
  • Physics
  • arXiv: Physics Education
At approximate radii of 200-300 km, asteroids transition from oblong `potato' shapes to spheres. This limit is known as the Potato Radius, and has been proposed as a classification for separating asteroids from dwarf planets. The Potato Radius can be calculated from first principles based on the elastic properties and gravity of the asteroid. Similarly, the tallest mountain that a planet can support is also known to be based on the elastic properties and gravity. In this work, a simple novel… Expand

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