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Physics of 2 bodies

  1. Aug 11, 2005 #1
    Does anyone know the name of the law that says that if 2 bodies of different sizes are orbiting each other, the smaller one will break up if its a certain size to the other one?
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    You may be thinking of Roche's limit. However, this says that the second body will break up if it orbits too close to the primary, not if "it's a certain size".
  5. Aug 12, 2005 #4
    yes thats it!!! thank you so much. its been bothering me all day and i couldnt find anything on it. yeah i meant anything along the lines of the smaller body being so affected by the larger one that it breaks up hehe. thanks again
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