I even understood 10% of it, it was so well explained!
I'm learning a lot right now while I make this so plase add me to the prehistoric group of people here.
Ok so let me say that I have changed a lot of the previous post because I think I was falling into another missconception again. I profited the situation to add some more text to my post and graphs so now it might be clearer. Sorry I was wrong in a few subtle things and maybe there was some confusion. And also sorry for it been so long (I don't know if I can get it less complicated since the phenomenon itself is a bit complex). Watsisname
if you are going to take some idea for the next topic, please take a second read now because I changed a lot of things of the final parts (also because I'm still thinking that there is wrong assumption somwhere
), maybe there is some new idea you might be interested in.
Watsisname:Source of the post
I had started doing a bit of coding to try to study the behavior of the 1:2:4 Laplace resonance with the Galilean moons
That is so great! You know, the true (secret) reason I've created this thread is to see if you or other intelligent creatures of this forum could explain this to me hahaha. I've never understanded how the Galilean Moons resonance actually works and I have the feeling it is an awesome representation of a mechanical system, a glorious natural clock with all the pieces beautifully balanced. I still don't understant how a resonance can be stable. So you made my day when I read you were working on it
I've always suspected that Jupiter rotation and Io's tidal heating contribute to the mechanics of this ond not only the 1:2:4 resonance (which I don't even comprehend). Tidal heating has to circularize Io's orbit and Jupiter rotation has to expand it as far as I understand but I can't understand how it is all connected (if it is).
Maybe if we (all) continue to work on this thread like this we could make a pdf copy with a synthesis of all the explanations of the thread one day and post it somewhere. Now I want to make some simulations with the Galilean moons. I'm very excited by this, thank you. I feel like a child.