|May19-12, 11:30 AM||#1|
On Introducing a Nano-Planet into an Existing Solar System
Thanks again to all who participated in the Hand Grenade in Solar Orbit discussion. Here's a related question that was prompted in my mind from that discussion:
Suppose we could magically insert a new nano-planet (we'll call it "Bob") into our existing solar system. Let's suppose that:
QUESTIONS: If these were the conditions of the orbit into which we magically introduced Bob, should we expect to see changes to Bob's orbit over time? Would Bob eventually end up orbiting in or near the plane in which the other planets orbit?
Thanks again for your willingness to discuss such topics with a novice who is trying to learn!
|May20-12, 09:18 PM||#2|
I think it probably would, I mean if it were closer to Jupiter by a couple million miles than it would most likely (over hundreds or thousands of years) drift over to Jupiter to become it's moon.
|May21-12, 11:12 AM||#3|
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