The density of Triton: A prediction Journal Article uri icon



  • We predict the density of Triton, as a function of radius, based on the assumptions that it was captured from solar orbit and thus has a rock/ice ratio similar to that of the Pluto‐Charon system. The best present estimates for Triton's radius are 1000–2000 km, and if our origin hypothesis is correct, its density should be greater than 2.0 g cm−3, increasing slowly with radius. On the other hand, if Triton is an original regular satellite whose orbit has been perturbed, its density will be lower and more consistent with the derived rock fractions of other icy satellites.

publication date

  • June 1, 1989

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  • closed

Date in CU Experts

  • May 4, 2018 3:10 AM

Full Author List

  • McKinnon WB; Mueller S

author count

  • 2

Other Profiles

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0094-8276

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1944-8007

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 591

end page

  • 594


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