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Do moons of rocky oblate planets migrate to low inclination over time? If so, does the time it takes depend on the Moon's size?

To answer this question, we have to recall the definition of the Laplace surface. Conventionally called Laplace plane, this surface is not actually a plane. In the vicinity of a planet, it coincides ...
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At what point in history was the idea of planets being spit out by the sun abandoned?

Spit out? In 1955 my parents gave me an illustrated book on Astronomy, which gave two hypotheses: the Kant-Laplace (nebular) hypothesis, and Sir James Jeans' idea that a passing star pulled some ...
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At what point in history was the idea of planets being spit out by the sun abandoned?

Between 1965 and 1980 I recall a book from the "Ladybird" series of short non-fiction books for children which included two possibilities for the formation of the planets. One was "...
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At what point in history was the idea of planets being spit out by the sun abandoned?

That specific idea doesn't seem familiar to me, and I work in that field. Particularly this idea would only be called 'theory' when making testable predictions. The only thing that comes to mind here ...
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