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Offline damocles

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Re: How would you induce a spin into a planet?
« Reply #25 on: 04/09/2012 22:30:26 »
I had not really been thinking about the "damage" that splash debris from the planet might do. My concern was more about the possibly large and very uncertain amount of angular momentum it would remove from the system, and therefore prevent from adding to the planet's rotation speed.
 

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Re: How would you induce a spin into a planet?
« Reply #26 on: 05/09/2012 03:20:33 »
I'll try to figure out the formulas for moving a dwarf planet such as Ceres in the next couple of days, as well as momentum at different parts of the orbit.

I think I would initially calculate that 100% of the kinetic energy was converted into angular momentum, at least to see the effects.  Then one could change the proportions...  50%?
And, perhaps initially ignore the affect of the gravitational pull of Venus.
 

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