Volume 456, Number 2, September III 2006
|Page(s)||783 - 788|
|Section||Celestial mechanics and astrometry|
|Published online||31 August 2006|
Synthetic representation of the Galilean satellites' orbital motions from L1 ephemerides
Royal Observatory of Belgium, 3 avenue Circulaire, 1180 Bruxelles, Belgium e-mail: Lainey@oma.be
2 Institut de mécanique céleste et de calcul des éphémérides–Observatoire de Paris, UMR 8028 du CNRS, 77 avenue Denfert-Rochereau, 75014 Paris, France
3 Université Lille1 IMCCE/LAL, 1 impasse de l'Observatoire, 59000 Lille, France
Accepted: 10 April 2006
Aims.We aim to provide a synthetic representation of the orbital motion of Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto. It corresponds to a quasi-periodic Fourier series whose arguments are integer combinations of the fundamental arguments of the dynamical system, which are also given.
Methods.The present series are issued from frequency analysis and digital filtering treatments. The initial samplings have been taken from a former numerical integration fit to the observations and referenced as L1 ephemerides.
Results.Our representation allows for the identification of all the significant perturbations in the system, which helps us to understand these orbital motions. It is also useful in other related topics: the dynamical history of the system and studies requiring us to extract only major terms to compute motions such as the rotation of the bodies.
Key words: ephemerides / celestrial mechanics / planets and satellites: general
© ESO, 2006
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