Spin–orbit evolution of Mercury revisited

@article{Noyelles2014SpinorbitEO,
  title={Spin–orbit evolution of Mercury revisited},
  author={B. Noyelles and J. Frouard and V. Makarov and M. Efroimsky},
  journal={Icarus},
  year={2014},
  volume={241},
  pages={26-44}
}
  • B. Noyelles, J. Frouard, +1 author M. Efroimsky
  • Published 2014
  • Physics
  • Icarus
  • Abstract Although it is accepted that the significant eccentricity of Mercury (0.206) favours entrapment into the 3:2 spin–orbit resonance, open are the questions of how and when the capture took place. A recent work by Makarov (Makarov, V.V. [2012]. Astrophys. J., 752, 73) has proven that trapping into this state is certain for eccentricities larger than 0.2 , provided we use a realistic tidal model based on the Darwin–Kaula expansion of the tidal torque. While in Ibid. a Mercury-like planet… CONTINUE READING
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