Moon formation and orbital evolution in extrasolar planetary systems - A literature review
Monash University, Clayton 3800, Australia
With over 450 extrasolar planets detected, the possibility of searching for moons of these planets is starting to be investigated. In order to make eﬃcient use of limited observing resources, it would be useful if the types of moons that a given planet is likely to host was known prior to detection. Fortunately, informed by simulations of moon formation in our own solar system, as well as more general theoretical investigations of moon orbital evolution, such information is now available. I present a review of literature results concerning the likely physical and orbital properties of extra-solar moons, and how these properties are predicted to vary with the properties of their host planet.
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