Resonant interactions and chaotic rotation of Pluto’s small moons

@article{Showalter2015ResonantIA,
  title={Resonant interactions and chaotic rotation of Pluto’s small moons},
  author={M. Showalter and D. Hamilton},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2015},
  volume={522},
  pages={45-49}
}
Four small moons—Styx, Nix, Kerberos and Hydra—follow near-circular, near-equatorial orbits around the central ‘binary planet’ comprising Pluto and its large moon, Charon. New observational details of the system have emerged following the discoveries of Kerberos and Styx. Here we report that Styx, Nix and Hydra are tied together by a three-body resonance, which is reminiscent of the Laplace resonance linking Jupiter’s moons Io, Europa and Ganymede. Perturbations by the other bodies, however… Expand

Tables and Topics from this paper

Astronomy: Pluto leads the way in planet formation
Chaotic Dynamics in the Planar Gravitational Many-Body Problem with Rigid Body Rotations
Obliquity evolution of the minor satellites of Pluto and Charon
On the Early In Situ Formation of Pluto's Small Satellites
A new inner moon of Neptune
A Pluto-Charon Sonata: The Dynamical Architecture of the Circumbinary Satellite System
...
1
2
3
4
5
...