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On the origin of Uranus' rings

Nature volume 272, pages 802803 (27 April 1978) | Download Citation

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DERMOTT and Gold1 have proposed that the structure of the rings of Uranus2–4 may be explained by a series of three-body orbital resonances with the satellites Ariel, Titania and Oberon. This mechanism has been considered in more detail5,6, and it is found that the particular resonances involving Ariel–Titania and Ariel–Oberon pairs encounter difficulties in explaining the ring system. This has led to strong arguments against the part played by the Miranda–Ariel resonances, but we show here that such orbital resonant effects should not be completely discarded.

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    • W.-H. IP

    Present address: Max-Planck Institut für Aeronomie, D-3411 Katlenburg-Lindau FRG.

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  1. Department of Applied Physics and Information Science, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California 92093

    • W.-H. IP

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