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Revenge of tiny Miranda

Goldreich, Peter and Nicholson, Philip D. (1977) Revenge of tiny Miranda. Nature, 269 (5631). pp. 783-785. ISSN 0028-0836. doi:10.1038/269783b0.

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DERMOTT and Gold have proposed a resonance model for the rings of Uranus. They assume the rings are, in fact, arcs composed of small particles librating about stable resonances determined by pairs of satellites, either Ariel and Titania or Ariel and Oberon. Dermott and Gold dismiss as insignificant resonances involving tiny Miranda. We report here that, by a wide margin, the strongest resonances are all associated with Miranda. Furthermore, we show that the hypothesis that the rings are made up of librating particles, while original and ingenious, is incorrect.

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Additional Information:© 1977 Nature Publishing Group. Received 5 August; accepted 31 August 1977. We thank G. Colombo for helpful discussions and acknowledge the support of NASA Grant NGL 05-002-003.
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Official Citation:Revenge of tiny Miranda 783 PETER GOLDREICH & PHILIP NICHOLSON doi:10.1038/269783b0
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