Re: [nbos] Astro3 Experimental Build
NBOS Support
Tue Nov 24th, 2009
At 09:18 AM 11/22/2009, T'Star wrote:
>The catch is especially when you get up to 3 or more bodies the orbits
>are so convoluted and erratic they only theorize the math based on what
>they've observed. They don't 'stack' the way planet vs. sun does because
>the mass differential is very seldom great enough... And even with 2 you
>tend to wind up with interesting figure 8 style orbits for your planets
>rather than planets in stable orbit around 2 primaries... (what I
>remember from /my/ astronomy class. basic though it was.)

Yep, that sums it up. Basically there's no way that I know of to calculate
stable orbits of stars and their planets in multiple star systems,
particularly when there's 3 or more stars. What I'll probably end up doing
is assigning the component stars a fixed position in a multiple-system
display. They just wont orbit each other. I dont think that will be a
huge setback as those orbits would normally be hundreds or thousands of
years long anyways. Planets can then be tested against those fixed planets
to see if neighboring stars knock them out of stable orbits.

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