Questions tagged [hill-sphere]

Questions about the region around an astronomical body where its gravitational field dominates that of satellite bodies.

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To find the mass and radii of hill sphere of a planet after passing through a region of planetary nebula

Consider a planet with initial mass m* kg and radii of hill sphere as r*. The planet it traveling (assume) perpendicular to the nebula at a speed of 13km/s and the nebula is approaching the planet ...
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Is a Procyon - brown dwarf - Jupiter - superearth - Mars - Pluto system theoretically possible? [closed]

I once conducted a thought experiment and with some amateurish calculations based around Hill sphere and Roche limit came up with semi-major axis distances like this: ...
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Are Sun-Earth L1 & L2 points generally considered outside the Earth's Hill Sphere?

This image from Wikipedia of the SE Lagrange points and the Hill Spheres suggests that the SEL points are outside the Earth's Hill Sphere. (The Hill spheres are the circular regions surrounding the ...
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Could a star have a Saturn-like ring?

Saturn's rings will never clump together, because they are within the Roche limit. Which makes me wonder if a star could have rings that are kept from clumping together due to tidal forces. Have any ...
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When could the Roche limit be larger than the Hill sphere?

This answer to Are Saturn's rings stable? begins with: Most of Saturn's rings are inside it's Roche limit, which means they will never clump together. Tidal forces prevent this from happening. I ...