publication . Article . Preprint . 2013

SOLAR SYSTEM MOONS AS ANALOGS FOR COMPACT EXOPLANETARY SYSTEMS

Stephen R. Kane; Stephen R. Kane; Natalie R. Hinkel; Natalie R. Hinkel; Sean N. Raymond; Sean N. Raymond;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Jan 2013 Journal: The Astronomical Journal, volume 146, page 122 (issn: 0004-6256, eissn: 1538-3881, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: American Astronomical Society
Abstract
The field of exoplanetary science has experienced a recent surge of new systems that is largely due to the precision photometry provided by the Kepler mission. The latest discoveries have included compact planetary systems in which the orbits of the planets all lie relatively close to the host star, which presents interesting challenges in terms of formation and dynamical evolution. The compact exoplanetary systems are analogous to the moons orbiting the giant planets in our Solar System, in terms of their relative sizes and semi-major axes. We present a study that quantifies the scaled sizes and separations of the Solar System moons with respect to their hosts....
Subjects
arXiv: Astrophysics::Earth and Planetary AstrophysicsPhysics::Space Physics
free text keywords: Space and Planetary Science, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Earth and Planetary Astrophysics, [PHYS.ASTR.EP]Physics [physics]/Astrophysics [astro-ph]/Earth and Planetary Astrophysics [astro-ph.EP], [SDU.ASTR.EP]Sciences of the Universe [physics]/Astrophysics [astro-ph]/Earth and Planetary Astrophysics [astro-ph.EP], Astrophysics - Earth and Planetary Astrophysics, Orbit, Planet, Kepler, Astronomy, Physics, Planetary system, Photometry (optics), Exoplanetology, Stars, Solar System, Astrophysics
Funded by
NSF| Placing our Solar System in Context Through the Characterization of Long-Period Exoplanets
Project
  • Funder: National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Project Code: 1109662
  • Funding stream: Directorate for Mathematical & Physical Sciences | Division of Astronomical Sciences
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