Interpretation of lunar potential fields

  title={Interpretation of lunar potential fields},
  author={Stanley Keith Runcorn},
  journal={Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series A, Mathematical and Physical Sciences},
  pages={507 - 516}
  • S. Runcorn
  • Published 31 March 1977
  • Physics, Geology
  • Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series A, Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Understanding of the internal dynamics of the Moon must start from the interpretation of the gravitational and magnetic fields, both present and past. It has been long known from the study of Cassini’s laws and its librations that the Moon substantially departs from hydrostatic equilibrium. This is confirmed by the second harmonic of the gravitational field determined by the tracking of orbiting satellites which also reveals anomalies (the mascons) clearly associated with the processes by which… 

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