Rotation of the Planet Mercury

@article{Peale1965RotationOT,
  title={Rotation of the Planet Mercury},
  author={Stanton J. Peale and Thomas Gold},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1965},
  volume={206},
  pages={1240-1241}
}
SOLAR tidal friction must be an intense effect for Mercury, and it must be expected that the planet's spin would have relaxed from any original value to one that is under the control of this effect in a time short compared with the age of the solar system. The retarding torque exerted by the Sun on a planet is proportional to 1/r6 (where r is the distance Sun-planet), a factor which is some 300 times greater for Mercury than for the Earth. For a planet on a circular orbit the final condition… Expand
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