SP-345 Evolution of the Solar System

 

FIGURE 24.3.1.- Total mass of secondary body systems as a function of central body mass.

 

FIGURE 24.3.1.- Total mass of secondary body systems as a function of central body mass. Both Triton and the Moon have much larger masses than expected of normal satellites. Two possible mass estimates for a normal Earth satellite system are shown, one based on an extrapolation from the systems of Jupiter, Saturn, and Uranus, and the other, an interpolation also including the Martian satellite system. (From Alfvén and Arrhenius, 1972a.)
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