'That's how the moon gets its distinctive equatorial bulge
At 6,268 metres, Chimborazo is Ecuador's highest mountain and, thanks to the Earth's equatorial bulge
, the peak's summit is also the farthest point from the centre of the Earth.
As tour guides and museum exhibits repeatedly reminded me, archaeological activities continue to reveal more about the people who lived in this part of the Andes, and how much they understood about living at the Earth's equatorial bulge
If there's no ocean, Pluto should be comparatively flattened at its poles, containing a "fossil" equatorial bulge
left over from early in its history, when the body was spinning more rapidly.
Otherwise, the moon's equatorial bulge
would have continued to diminish, rather than to have been frozen in place.
These forces include pressure from sunlight, magnetic torques acting on charged dust particles, and the influence of slight variations in gravity due to the equatorial bulge
"But as the planet slows down, it causes the equatorial bulge
to collapse which puts enormous pressure on the tectonic plates.
On the other hand, a rapidly rotating prolate spheroid seems like a counter-intuitive model, since one would expect centrifugal effects to come into play and force an equatorial bulge
A comparison of this model with the planet's known mass, radius, surface temperature, gravity and equatorial bulge
implies that Jupiter's core is an Earth-like rock 14 to 18 times the mass of Earth, or about one-twentieth of Jupiter's total mass, according to Militzer.
WHY DOES Saturn's moon Iapetus have a big equatorial bulge
and an eerily precise mountain range--the highest in the solar system--running exactly along its equator?
As the spin axis drifts, this equatorial bulge
The equatorial bulge
adds some 21 kilometres to the distance to the centre of the Earth compared to that at the poles.