A New Transport Network Has Been Discovered In The Solar System.

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Researchers have discovered a new highway/transport network that can be traveled across the Solar System much faster than was previously possible. These routes could take comets and asteroids near Jupiter to Neptune in less than a decade and 100 astronomical units in less than a century. They can be used to send spacecraft relatively quickly to distant points of our planetary system and to track and understand near-Earth objects that could collide with our planet.

In their article published in the November 25 issue of Science Advances, the researchers observed the dynamic nature of these routes and formed a series of interconnected arches within what is known as space manifolds that extend from the asteroid belt to Uranus and beyond. This newly discovered “celestial highway” or “celestial highway” moves over several decades, as opposed to the hundreds of thousands or millions of years that often characterize the Solar System dynamics. (Manifold means a wide and/or larger pipe or channel.)

The most prominent arch structures are linked to Jupiter and the strong gravitational forces it exerts. Comets belonging to the Jupiter family (comets with 20-year orbital periods); Besides its population, small-sized solar system bodies known as Centaurs; Controlled by such manifolds at unprecedented time scales. Some of these bodies will collide with Jupiter or be ejected from the Solar System.

The structures were solved by collecting numerical data about millions of orbits in our Solar System and calculating how these orbits fit into the space pipes already known. The results need to be further studied to determine both how they will be used by spacecraft and how such manifolds behave in the vicinity of the earth to control the increasing number of man-made vehicles in the Earth-Moon system and asteroid-meteorite collisions.

Source: San Diego-University of California