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Would a Deimos/Phobos orbital resonance affect Mars?

  1. Jul 27, 2011 #1
    Currently Jupiters moon's Io, Europa, and Ganymede are in a Laplace resonance. If Mars's moon's Phobos and Deimos were in such a Laplace resonance (1:1, 2:1, 4:1, 8:1) would it affect Mars? If yes, please explain how you feel it would.

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  3. Jul 27, 2011 #2


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    It wouldn't.
    For very simple reason: they are so small they don't affect Mars at all, regardless they are synchronized or not.
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