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1 ASTM001/MTH724U SOLAR SYSTEM Carl Murray / Nick Cooper Lecture 2: Structure of the Solar System

2 Books That Changed the World

3 The Almagest

4 Copernicus’ De Revolutionibus Orbium Celestium

5 Kepler’s Harmonices Mundi

6 The Five Convex Regular Polyhedra tetrahedron cubeoctahedron dodecahedronicosahedron

7 Kepler’s Model of Planetary Spacing Each planet moves in a shell separated from next by regular polyhedron Six planets separated by five shells Thickness of shell is important Ordering of polyhedra is important Orbits of Jupiter, Saturn and Mars

8 Kepler’s Model

9 Galileo’s Dialogue

10 The “Retrograde” Path of Mars Apparent motion of Mars, June – November 2003

11 Kepler’s First Law The planets move in ellipses with the Sun at one focus

12 Kepler’s Second Law A line drawn from the Sun to a planet sweeps out equal areas in equal times

13 Kepler’s Third Law It is most certain and most exact that the proportion between the periods of any two planets is precisely three halves the proportion of the mean distance J. Kepler, 15 May 1618 The square of the orbital period of a planet is proportional to the cube of its semi-major axis

14 Daphnis making waves in the Keeler Gap Keeler Gap ‘Slow lane’ ‘Fast lane’ Arrows show direction of motion of ring particles relative to Daphnis

15 Newton’s Universal of Gravitation Any two bodies attract each other with a force that is proportional to the product of their masses and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them

16 Newton’s Laws of Motion Bodies remain in a state of rest or uniform motion unless acted upon by a force The force experienced by a body is equal to the rate of change of momentum To every action there is an equal and opposite reaction

17 Orbit Determination Orbit Models Fixed Ellipse 2-body Point-masses Orbital elements Precessing Ellipse 2-body Oblate primary Orbital elements Full Equations of Motion n-body Oblate primary Position/velocity Choose an appropriate mathematical model for the orbit. The model is defined by a set of parameters. The numerical values of the model parameters are initially unkown. Use the model to estimate the observed quantities. Iteratively solve for the set of parameter values which generates a satisfactory match between the estimated and actual observations.

18 Titius’ 1766 Translation of Bonnet’s Contemplation de la Nature

19 The Titius-Bode ‘Law’ of Planetary Distance The distance of a planet from the Sun obeys a geometric progression.

20 The Titius-Bode ‘Law’ of Planetary Distance

21 Bode’s Law for Uranian Satellites?


23 Uniqueness of Uranian System Actual system: Generate 100,000 sets of 5 satellites and calculate best fit for each set

24 The Saturn System (as of 1997) 4:3 2:1

25 The Geometry of Orbital Resonance 2:1 Resonance, Stable configuration: 2:1 Resonance, Unstable configuration:

26 Resonance in the Saturn System Saturn Ring Features (gaps, edge waves, density waves) Janus : Epimetheus (co-orbital - horseshoe motion) Dione : Helene : Polydeuces (co-orbital - tadpole motion) Tethys : Telesto : Calypso (co-orbital - tadpole motion) Mimas : Tethys (4:2) Titan : Hyperion (4:3) Enceladus : Dione (2:1) Mimas : Anthe (10:11), Mimas : Methone (14:15), Mimas : Aegaeon (7:6) Most regular satellites are in synchronous rotation (like The Moon). Hyperion (shown in the movie) is an exception. Hyperion

27 Polydeuces Helene Dione Longitude lag (deg) Y (km) X (km) Saturn

28 Resonance in Saturn’s Ring System

29 Resonance in the Jupiter System

30 Resonance in the Uranus System 5:3 near-resonance between Cordelia and Rosalind Anomalously high inclination of Miranda (4.22 deg) suggests existence of resonances in the past Currently no known resonances between the major satellites

31 Resonance in Uranus’ Ring System 24:25 resonance between Cordelia and epsilon ring inner edge 14:13 resonance between Ophelia and epsilon ring outer edge

32 Resonance in Neptune’s Ring System 42:43 resonance between Galatea and Adams ring

33 Resonance in the Planetary System Jupiter-Saturn near 5:2 resonance Neptune-Pluto 3:2 resonance

34 Spin-orbit Resonance in the Planetary System Mercury 3:2 spin-orbit resonance Pluto-Charon 1:1:1 spin-orbit resonance

35 Resonance in the Asteroid Belt

36 Trojan Asteroids

37 Preference for Commensurability Two orbits are commensurate when For orbits in the solar system Let ratio be bounded byand Let

38 Preference for Commensurability A: Enceladus-Dione B: Mimas-Tethys C: Titan-Hyperion D: Io-Europa E: Europa-Ganymede F: Neptune-Pluto

39 High phase-angle Cassini image of Saturn

40 2006-258

41 Websites NASA Solar System Exploration JPL Solar System Dynamics JPL Cassini Royal Astronomical Society

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