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If a planet was close enough to its star as to be tidally locked would that mean that the planet's moons (assuming it had any) would be orbitally locked and not revolve around its host planet?


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Howard,

Since the force of gravity is inversely proportional to the square of the distance between the two masses, solar system distances are so large, we can expect, that while the moon of a planet will experience effects from its star, the closer planet will have a much stronger effect.

Greg (Roberto Gregorius)



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