On the Possibility of a “Cuckoo-Effect” in the Earth-Moon System
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.
KeywordsSolar System Homoclinic Orbit Orbital Element Close Approach Natural Satellite
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