Studia Geophysica et Geodaetica

, Volume 39, Issue 1, pp 1–10 | Cite as

Roche equipotentials of the pluto-charon system

  • Milan Burša


The positions of the Lagrangian points of the Pluto-Charon system have been determined using the orthogonal system of cofocal ellipses-hyperbolas, the foci being situated at the centre of mass of the bodies. The tidal distortions of Pluto amount to 30 m, those of charon to 122 m. The tidal forces are believed to influence the figures of the bodies significantly.


Structural Geology Tidal Force Lagrangian Point Orthogonal System Tidal Distortion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Milan Burša
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  1. 1.Astronomical InstituteAcad. Sci. Czech RepublicPrague

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