Shepherd-satellite



noun
1.
a small moon orbiting near a planetary ring, whose gravitational pull helps confine the ring and the ring’s extent.
shepherd satellite
(shěp’ərd)
A moon that orbits near the edge of a planetary ring, stabilizing the ring’s particles through gravitational pull and confining the ring to a sharply defined band. For example, the moons of Uranus known as Cordelia and Ophelia are shepherd satellites that constrain Uranus’s rings to a narrow band. It is believed that the gravity of the fast-moving inner satellite Cordelia causes the particles of the inner ring to speed up and move to outer orbits, while at the same time the gravity of the slower, outer satellite Ophelia decelerates outer particles, pushing them inward. The result is a compressed, well-defined ring. Also called shepherd moon.

Tagged:

Read Also:

  • Sheppard

    noun 1. Jack. 1702–24, English criminal, whose daring escapes from prison were celebrated in many contemporary ballads and plays

  • Sheppey

    noun 1. Isle of Sheppey, an island in SE England, off the N coast of Kent in the Thames estuary: separated from the mainland by The Swale, a narrow channel. Chief towns: Sheerness, Minster. Pop: 37 852 (2001 est). Area: 80 sq km (30 sq miles)



  • Sheqel

    noun 1. shekel (def 1).

  • Sher

    noun 1. Sir Antony. born 1953, British actor and writer, born in South Africa



Disclaimer: Shepherd-satellite definition / meaning should not be considered complete, up to date, and is not intended to be used in place of a visit, consultation, or advice of a legal, medical, or any other professional. All content on this website is for informational purposes only.