On the Possibility of a “Cuckoo-Effect” in the Earth-Moon System

  • T. Pauwels
Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 127)


In this paper we investigate the possibility that the moon could have depleted the earth satellite system of all natural satellites by a combination of orbit-orbit resonances and tidal evolution. Simulations show that for a satellite closer than 150 earth radii, avoiding all resonances is definitely impossible, but it can be captured in a stable resonant orbit as well as in a resonant orbit leading to a close approach to the moon.


Solar System Homoclinic Orbit Orbital Element Close Approach Natural Satellite 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Pauwels
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  1. 1.Koninklijke Sterrenwacht van BelgiëBelgium

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