Secular Evolution of a Satellite by Tidal Effect: Application to Triton

  title={Secular Evolution of a Satellite by Tidal Effect: Application to Triton},
  author={Alexandre C. M. Correia},
  journal={The Astrophysical Journal},
  • A. Correia
  • Published 2009
  • Physics
  • The Astrophysical Journal
Some of the satellites in the solar system, including the Moon, appear to have been captured from heliocentric orbits at some point in their past, and then have evolved to the present configurations. The exact process of how this trapping occurred is unknown, but the dissociation of a planetesimal binary in the gravitational field of the planet, gas drag, or a massive collision seem to be the best candidates. However, all these mechanisms leave the satellites in elliptical orbits that need to… Expand

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