Originally Posted by SilvrSurfr
And where does the term "Roched" come from? I don't get it.
I thought it had something to do with the Roche limit
, which is why my joke above is so bad...
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In layman's terms, the Roche limit is the orbital radius in which a smaller body is torn apart by tidal forces exerted by a larger body. The smaller body usually forms a ring at this point.