Cosmic Research

, Volume 39, Issue 3, pp 295–302 | Cite as

Evolution of Motion of a Binary Planet

  • V. G. Vil'ke
  • A. V. Shatina


A model of a binary planet, consisting of a material point of small mass and a deformable viscoelastic sphere, is suggested. The center of mass of the binary planet moves in the gravitational field of a central body in the plane, which contains planets forming the binary planet. A deformable spherical planet rotates around the axis orthogonal to the plane of planetary motion. Planet deformations are described by the linear theory of viscoelasticity. It is shown that with an appropriate approximation of the gravitational potential, there is a class of quasicircular orbits, when the eccentricities of an orbit of the center of mass of a binary planet and an orbit, describing mutual planet motion, are equal to zero. The further evolution of motion is investigated in this class of orbits with the use of the canonical Poincare–Andoyer variables. Corresponding averaged equations are found, and phase pictures are constructed; the stability of stationary solutions is investigated on the basis of equations in variations. For the Solar system planets with their satellites, forming binary planets, the application of the presented model allows us to conclude that satellites sooner or later will fall on the corresponding planets.


Stationary Solution Solar System Gravitational Field Linear Theory Gravitational Potential 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. G. Vil'ke
    • 1
  • A. V. Shatina
    • 2
  1. 1.Moscow State University, Vorob'evy goryMoscowRussia
  2. 2.Moscow State Institute of Radio Engineering, Electronics, and AutomationTechnical UniversityMoscowRussia

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