How 'New Horizons' will see the Pluto-Charon system

Zsuzsa Zsigmond, A. Süli

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We present a detailed survey of the dynamical structure of the phase space around the new moons of the Pluto-Charon system. We investigated the system in the framework of the spatial elliptic restricted three-body problem. Stability maps were created using chaos indicators both on the semimajor axis - eccentricity and semimajor axis - inclination plane. The structures related to the 4:1 and 6:1 mean motion resonances are clearly visible on the maps, but the detailed investigation of the resonant arguments shows no evidence of the resonances. We showed the possibility that Nix might be in the 4:1 resonance if its argument of pericenter or longitude of node falls in a certain range. Recently we improved our model to the general four-body problem, which can provide more accurate information about the stability, motion and possible resonances between the moons and Charon, which is relevant, since the 'New Horizons' mission will reach and study the system in 2015.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012020
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Volume218
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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