FM12p.50 — The Origins of the Planetary Satellites

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Aug 4th at 6:00 PM until 6:00 PM

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Author(s): Fred Johnson1

Institution(s): 1. CSUF

There are well over 60 satellites associated with all the planets of our solar system, Mercury and Venus are the sole exceptions. Since 40 of them are in almost circular orbits, it strongly argues that they are unlikely to be captured objects. The physical processes by which they came to be in orbit will be discussed and evaluated for the special case of our Moon and that of Neptune's Triton.