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    Default Regions for planets in triple systems



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    Default Re: Regions for planets in triple systems

    One annoyance with the paper..... it's very casual in the use of "stability". We don't know that the solar system is stable. Computer simulations are only capable of showing "relative stability".
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    Default Re: Regions for planets in triple systems

    Quote Originally Posted by not_Fritz_Argelander View Post
    One annoyance with the paper..... it's very casual in the use of "stability". We don't know that the solar system is stable. Computer simulations are only capable of showing "relative stability".
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    Default Re: Regions for planets in triple systems

    I am not an expert in astrodynamical stability, but the 1-10 million year timeframe used for the simulations seems quite short.

    For comparison, Saturn's "surprisingly youthful" rings are a few hundred million years old. An "incredibly young" exoplanet found recently is in a system that is 5-10 million years old. That suggests 5-10 million years is the minimum time duration for something to even exist when discussing solar system bodies. Claiming "stability" will require simulations over a timeframe that is some multiple of this time duration.

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    Default Re: Regions for planets in triple systems

    Integrating the non linear equations of motion is not practical for even the Solar System for more than 20,000,000 years. Because the equations of motion are nonlinear one needs to know the initial conditions (positions, velocities, now for instance) extremely well. With all we know, we cannot compute out positions longer than that. The measurement errors compound unacceptable.
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