|MadSci Network: Astronomy|
Hi! Irene Little Faculty answered my first question, and I really appreciate your help. I have a second question continuing from (ID: 1047146296.As). You responded by saying that if Jupiter's mass was to increase, its moon would move closer to Jupiter, increase speed, then form a stable orbit. IF, however, Jupiter's mass kept increasing, at a fixed rate lets say (ie. because many many meteorites continually hit it, increasing its mass more), would the moon not keep moving closer to Jupiter, as the gravitational attraction increased? The moderator added that it might happen if the mass of Jupiter was increased so much that the "orbital radius of its moons becomes smaller than the size of the planet". How would you go about checking for this/finding this, and at what increase of mass do you estimate this would occur at? Thanks again-
Re: Quick second question on Increase in Gravitational Attraction
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