News tagged with gravitational tug

Massive planet is being torn apart by its own tides

(PhysOrg.com) -- An international group of astrophysicists has determined that a massive planet outside our Solar System is being distorted and destroyed by its host star--a finding that helps explain the unexpectedly large ...

dateFeb 24, 2010 in Astronomy
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Cassini to make a double play

(PhysOrg.com) -- In an action-packed day and a half, NASA's Cassini spacecraft will be making its closest swoop over the surface of Saturn's moon Dione and scrutinizing the atmosphere of Titan, Saturn's largest moon.

dateDec 12, 2011 in Space Exploration
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Asteroid found in gravitational 'dead zone'

There are places in space where the gravitational tug between a planet and the Sun balance out, allowing other smaller bodies to remain stable. These places are called Lagrangian points. So-called Trojan asteroids have been ...

dateAug 12, 2010 in Astronomy
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