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Triton's gravitational capture
jasedm
post Nov 25 2018, 11:46 AM
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Hi all,

I wonder if anyone can point me in the direction of a computer simulation (video) of Triton's theorised gravitational capture into Neptune orbit via one half of a proposed binary KBO (where the other member of the binary pair is ejected)?

I've searched the internet and can only find a couple of Youtube videos which are not particularly detailed.

Any help much appreciated.

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post Nov 25 2018, 09:43 PM
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Unsure about a video though here is an artists rendition that is based on one of my Triton maps. This was written about by Craig Agnor in Nature.

https://currents.ucsc.edu/05-06/05-15/triton.asp


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post Nov 25 2018, 10:28 PM
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QUOTE (jasedm @ Nov 25 2018, 11:46 AM) *
I wonder if anyone can point me in the direction of a computer simulation (video) of Triton's theorised gravitational capture into Neptune orbit via one half of a proposed binary KBO


IIRC, recent paper and modelling of ice giant moons formation suggests that Triton was a lone KBO.
Triton would have been captured by Nepute based on a statistically average contingent of moons around Neptune.
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post Nov 29 2018, 04:42 AM
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Thank you both for replies, it seems that Triton's capture is not in dispute, but the exact mechanism is
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