Large Longitude Libration of Mercury Reveals a Molten Core

  title={Large Longitude Libration of Mercury Reveals a Molten Core},
  author={J. Margot and S. Peale and R. Jurgens and M. Slade and I. Holin},
  pages={710 - 714}
  • J. Margot, S. Peale, +2 authors I. Holin
  • Published 2007
  • Physics, Medicine
  • Science
  • Observations of radar speckle patterns tied to the rotation of Mercury establish that the planet occupies a Cassini state with obliquity of 2.11 ± 0.1 arc minutes. The measurements show that the planet exhibits librations in longitude that are forced at the 88-day orbital period, as predicted by theory. The large amplitude of the oscillations, 35.8 ± 2 arc seconds, together with the Mariner 10 determination of the gravitational harmonic coefficient C22, indicates that the mantle of Mercury is… CONTINUE READING

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