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2006MNRAS.373.1227D - Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc., 373, 1227-1234 (2006/December-2)

Stable satellites around extrasolar giant planets.


Abstract (from CDS):

In this work, we study the stability of hypothetical satellites of extrasolar planets. Through numerical simulations of the restricted elliptic three-body problem we found the borders of the stable regions around the secondary body. From the empirical results, we derived analytical expressions of the critical semimajor axis beyond which the satellites would not remain stable. The expressions are given as a function of the eccentricities of the planet, eP, and of the satellite, esat. In the case of prograde satellites, the critical semimajor axis, in the units of Hill's radius, is given by aE~ 0.4895 (1.0000 - 1.0305eP - 0.2738esat). In the case of retrograde satellites, it is given by aE~ 0.9309 (1.0000 - 1.0764eP- 0.9812esat). We also computed the satellite stability region (aE) for a set of extrasolar planets. The results indicate that extrasolar planets in the habitable zone could harbour the Earth-like satellites.

Abstract Copyright: 2006 The Authors. Journal compilation © 2006 RAS

Journal keyword(s): celestial mechanics - planets and satellites: general - planetary systems

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