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The paths of two small satellites, M1 = 4.00 kg and M2 = 5.00 kg, are shown below, drawn to...

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The paths of two small satellites, M1 = 4.00 kg and M2 = 5.00 kg, are shown below, drawn to scale, with M1 corresponding to the circular orbit. They orbit around a massive star, also shown below. The orbits are in the plane of the paper. The period of M1 is T1 = 26.0 years. Calculate the period of M2, in years.

Time period of revolution:

When a body revolves around another bigger body in circular/elliptical orbit, the centrifugal force required for motion is provided by the gravitational force between the two bodies.

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The time taken to move around in an elliptical orbit depends only on the length of semi major axis a, and is given by {eq}T_{ellipse}^2 = \frac{4\pi^2...

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