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Roche limit

Roche limit

noun \ˈrsh-, ˈrōsh-\

Definition of ROCHE LIMIT

:  the distance from a planet's center within which a satellite can neither approach nor reside without being disrupted by tidal forces

Origin of ROCHE LIMIT

E. A. Roche †1883 French mathematician
First Known Use: 1889

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