Subject: Why are satellites usually in the same orbital plane?
Date: Sun Jan 18 21:50:25 1998
Posted by Paul Shewmaker
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Area of science: Astronomy
Why are satellites usually in the same orbital plane? (Jupiters moons
for example.) If Comet Shoemaker-Levy were captured instead impacting
Jupiter, would it eventually end up in the same orbital plane as the
rest of the moons? Likewise, will Pluto's eccentric and tilted orbit
eventually flatten and round out?
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