From Quarks to Quasars

The Roche Limit

A little known effect for many new folk entering the world of astrophysics is what occurs when two (or more) orbital bodies find themselves in close proximity, cosmologically speaking, with a substantial mass difference. When you try to imagine what happens when orbital planets, asteroids or satellites get too close to their primary gravity source, you may naturally imagine the two bodies drifting together and impacting – much like you see in Hollywood movies when an asteroid hits a planet.

Read about the aftermath here: http://www.fromquarkstoquasars.com/the-roche-limit/

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The Roche Limit

A little known effect for many new folk entering the world of astrophysics is what occurs when two (or more) orbital bodies find themselves in close proximity, cosmologically speaking, with a substantial mass difference. When you try to imagine what happens when orbital planets, asteroids or satellites get too close to their primary gravity source, you may naturally imagine the two bodies drifting together and impacting – much like you see in Hollywood movies when an asteroid hits a planet.

Read about the aftermath here: http://www.fromquarkstoquasars.com/the-roche-limit/

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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