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An astronomer observes a very small moon orbiting a planet and measures the moon’s minimum and maximum distances from the planet’s center and the moon’s maximum orbital speed. Which of the following CANNOT be calculated from these measurements? (A) Mass of the moon (B) Mass of the planet (C) Minimum speed of the moon (D) Period of the orbit (E) Semimajor axis of the orbit


An astronomer observes a very small moon


orbiting a planet and measures the moon’s


minimum and maximum distances from the


planet’s center and the moon’s maximum orbital


speed. Which of the following CANNOT be


calculated from these measurements?


(A) Mass of the moon


(B) Mass of the planet


(C) Minimum speed of the moon


(D) Period of the orbit



(E) Semimajor axis of the orbit

Grade:12

1 Answers

Sabhareesh R
32 Points
10 years ago

The minimum Speed of the moon cannot be calculated since it is revolving in an elliptical path

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