On the existence of regular and irregular outer moons orbiting the Pluto-Charon system

@article{Michaely2015OnTE,
  title={On the existence of regular and irregular outer moons orbiting the Pluto-Charon system},
  author={Erez Michaely and Hagai B. Perets and Evgeni Grishin},
  journal={arXiv: Earth and Planetary Astrophysics},
  year={2015}
}
The dwarf planet Pluto is known to host an extended system of five co-planar satellites. Previous studies have explored the formation and evolution of the system in isolation, neglecting perturbative effects by the Sun. Here we show that secular evolution due to the Sun can strongly affect the evolution of outer satellites and rings in the system, if such exist. Although precession due to extended gravitational potential from the inner Pluto-Charon binary quench such secular evolution up to $a_… Expand

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