Re: [nbos] [AS] Multiple Star System Question
"Christopher Rodrigues Macias"
Wed Jun 25th, 2008
I remembered a science fiction reference to something called "the three body
problem" (in Niven's "Ringworld" IIRC) and went to hunt it up.

Ouch! It looks like you're really in the deep end on this one!

- Christopher

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Sent: Wednesday, 25 June 2008 3:52 PM
Subject: Re: [nbos] [AS] Multiple Star System Question

>Okay Ed, step in here, did I get that right? :))

Pretty much :-)

Displaying the orbits on screen isnt much of a problem given the orbital
properties (and ignoring the gravity of planets). It's calculating those
orbital properties in the first place that is something I dont know is even
possible. You can test if a system is stable, but creating the stable
system may not even be possible for all arrangements. For binary systems,
they can orbit a center point. But for more than two stars, there's no
guarantee that a stable orbit can be even calculated.

For AS2 I thought about just setting it up so that stars get evenly placed,
and are treated as standing still. But thats obviously not very
realistic. So I decided to hold off on dealing with it (and, similarly,
planet systems) until I could get a better handle on the physics involved.


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