Unformatted text preview: So, the moon moves away from the planet and the planet rotation rate slows until either the satellite is lost or the spin and orbital periods become the same. Much of the energy is dissipated in the bodies as heat. Thus we see Io, the closest body to Jupiter, and to some extent Europa, the next, subject to large amounts of tidal heating. This is probably what supplies the power for the volcanic activity on Io, and may be keeping some of the ice on Europa liquid....
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- Fall '10
- Astronomy, Io, Natural satellite, Orbital resonance