Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy

, Volume 125, Issue 2, pp 223–246 | Cite as

On the rotation of co-orbital bodies in eccentric orbits

  • A. LeleuEmail author
  • P. Robutel
  • A. C. M. Correia
Original Article


We investigate the resonant rotation of co-orbital bodies in eccentric and planar orbits. We develop a simple analytical model to study the impact of the eccentricity and orbital perturbations on the spin dynamics. This model is relevant in the entire domain of horseshoe and tadpole orbit, for moderate eccentricities. We show that there are three different families of spin–orbit resonances, one depending on the eccentricity, one depending on the orbital libration frequency, and another depending on the pericenter’s dynamics. We can estimate the width and the location of the different resonant islands in the phase space, predicting which are the more likely to capture the spin of the rotating body. In some regions of the phase space the resonant islands may overlap, giving rise to chaotic rotation.


Co-orbitals Spin–orbit resonances Lagrange Planetary problem Three-body problem Tadpoles Horseshoe configuration 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.IMCCE, Observatoire de Paris, PSL Research University, UPMC Univ. Paris 06, Univ. Lille 1CNRSParisFrance
  2. 2.Departemento de Fìsica, I3NUniversidade de AveiroAveiroPortugal

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