the lowest possible altitude at which a natural satellite can form and orbit, withstanding the fragmenting force of the gravitational pull of a planet or other primary celestial body
Origin of Roche limitafter E. Roche (1820-83), French astronomer
The smallest distance at which a natural satellite can orbit a celestial body without being torn apart by the larger body's gravitational force. The distance depends on the densities of the two bodies and the orbit of the satellite.
Origin of Roche limitAfter Edouard Albert Roche, (1820–1883), French mathematician.
(plural Roche limits)
From Édouard Roche French astronomer