The Roche limit is the orbital distance below which a satellite is tidally destroyed by the body around which it is orbiting. Édouard Roche is the French astronomer who first calculated this theoretical limit in 1848.
KeywordsGravitation Stability Tidal effect
References and Further Reading
- Hammeury JM (2000) Géométrie de Roche. Ecole de Goutelas XXIII. http://astro.u-strasbg.fr/goutelas/g2000/roche.pdf (in French)