Tidal evolution of Dysnomia, satellite of the dwarf planet Eris

Richard Greenberg, Rory Barnes

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The past tidal evolution of the satellite Dysnomia of the dwarf planet Eris can be inferred from the current physical and orbital properties of the system. Preliminary considerations, which assumed a circular orbit for the satellite, suggested that the satellite formed close to the planet, perhaps as a result of a giant impact, and that it is thus unlikely that smaller satellites lie further out. However, if the satellite's orbit is eccentric, even if the eccentricity is very small, a qualitatively different past tidal evolution may be indicated. Early in the Solar System's history, the satellite may have been on a highly eccentric orbit much farther from the planet than it is now, suggestive of a capture origin. Additional satellites farther out cannot be ruled out.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)847-849
Number of pages3
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2008


  • Kuiper Belt
  • Satellites
  • Tides
  • Trans-neptunian objects
  • dynamics
  • formation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Space and Planetary Science


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