Detecting the tidal dissipation in the Saturnian system

Benoît Noyelles, Alain Vienne, William Thuillot

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    We examine the problem of detecting the observational signature of tides in the Saturnian system. We show that, because of energy trn,sfer encouraged by the mean-motion resonances, S-1 Mimas' secular acceleration should be detected by observing S-3 Tethys instead of Mimas itself. We have a similar conclusion for the Enceladus/Dione resonance. We also show that detecting secular accelerations of these satellites will give clues on Saturn's internal dissipation, but very few information on the dissipation inside the satellites.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationScientific Highlights 2007
    Place of PublicationSemaine de l'Astrophysique Française, Grenoble, France
    PublisherSociété Française d'Astronomie et d'Astrophysique
    Publication statusPublished - 2007


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