Orbital and Collisional Evolution of the Irregular Satellites

  title={Orbital and Collisional Evolution of the Irregular Satellites},
  author={D Nesvorn{\'y} and Jose L. A. Alvarellos and Luke Dones and Harold Levison},
The irregular moons of the Jovian planets are a puzzling part of the solar system inventory. Unlike regular satellites, the irregular moons revolve around planets at large distances in tilted and eccentric orbits. Their origin, which is intimately linked with the origin of the planets themselves, is yet to be explained. Here we report a study of the orbital and collisional evolution of the irregular satellites from times after their formation to the present epoch. The purpose of this study is… CONTINUE READING
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