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Orbital Resonances and Planetary Accretion in the Solar NebulaPlanetesimal orbital evolution in a resisting medium near an accreting protoplanet was studied to explore mechanisms for capture into Trojan and satellite orbits. Various mechanisms for capture into libration were proposed, e.g., increase in Jupiter/Sun mass ratio, change in Jovian orbital radius, and collisions of asteroids with interplanetary dust. Studies include effects of solar nebula gas drag on orbital evolution. In general, the gas deviates from Keplerian motion, causing secular decay of planetesimal orbits, as well as damping eccentricity. The motion of bodies near Jupiter under the effect of a resisting medium was numerically explored. The equations of motion were integrated using the formalism of the planar restricted three body problem, modified to include effects by gas drag and a growing Jupiter.
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Legacy CDMS
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Weidenschilling, S. J.
(Planetary Science Inst. Tucson, AZ, United States)
Davis, D. R.
(Planetary Science Inst. Tucson, AZ, United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
April 1, 1985
Publication Information
Publication: NASA, Washington Repts. of Planetary Geol. and Geophys. Program, 1984
Subject Category
Lunar And Planetary Exploration
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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