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Astronomy - Orbit length and Oribital Period of the moon to Mass of the Larger planet

  1. Sep 15, 2008 #1
    This question has been stumping me on my Astronomy homework for the past couple of days. I've tried to input the question into any of the other formulae that we've studied, but I keep drawing a blank on it.

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    Given the size of Triton's orbit(a = 355,000,000 meters) and its orbital period (P = 5.877 days), calculate the mass of Neptune.
     
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  3. Sep 15, 2008 #2

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    Re: Astronomy - Orbit length and Oribital Period of the moon to Mass of the Larger pl

    Look up kepler's third law, it does include the mass of the moon but as long as this is much less than the mass of the planet it can be ignored.
     
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  4. Sep 15, 2008 #3
    Re: Astronomy - Orbit length and Oribital Period of the moon to Mass of the Larger pl

    Thanks.
     
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