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The Role of Saturn's Oblateness in the Mimas-Tethys Resonance

  • R. Greenberg (a1)

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Saturn's satellites Mimas and Tethys appear to be involved in a unique resonance. All orbit-orbit resonances, by definition, have the satellites' conjunction librating about some specific longitude. Equivalently, their orbital periods, measured relative to that longitude, are commensurable. Most orbit-orbit resonances are of the eccentricity-type; the conjunctions librate about the longitude of an apse of one orbit. The Mimas-Tethys resonance is of the inclination type.

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The Role of Saturn's Oblateness in the Mimas-Tethys Resonance

  • R. Greenberg (a1)

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