Orbit-Orbit Resonance Capture in the Solar System

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Science  17 Nov 1972:
Vol. 178, Issue 4062, pp. 747-749
DOI: 10.1126/science.178.4062.747


A realistic model involving mutual gravitation and tidal dissipation for the first time provides a detailed explanation for satellite orbit-orbit resonance capture. Although applying directly only to Saturn's satellites Titan and Hyperion, the model reveals general principles of resonance capture, evolution, and stability which seem applicable to other orbit-orbit resonances in the solar system.