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Tidal disruption and the origin of the MoonThe dynamic problem of the tidal disruption of a rocky planetismal was solved by a direct integration of the fully three-dimensional, nonlinear equations of motion. The hypothesis that any object that passes within the Roche limit is disrupted was disproven. A time dependent solution was performed numerically, treating the planetismal as a fluid with a Murnaghan equation of state in the solid regions and zero pressure otherwise. Calculations show that a rocky body which passes by the Earth on a parabolic orbit with a perigee within the Roche limit is not tidally disrupted. Objects on hyperbolic orbits would experience even less tidal disruption. The results herein do not apply to bodies with very low viscosity. It is shown, however, that tidal disruption can be ruled out as a mechanism for reducing planetismal masses. Mechanisms for forming the Moon which rely upon tidal disruption are unlikely to be correct.
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Conference Paper
Mizuno, H. (Carnegie Institution of Washington Washington, DC, United States)
Boss, A. P. (Carnegie Institution of Washington Washington, DC, United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1984
Publication Information
Publication: Lunar Planetary Inst. Conf. on the Origin of the Moon
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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