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on: June 13, 2010, 05:10:49 pm » posted from:Taipei,T\'ai-pei,Taiwan

Three-body problem
This is a simulation of three bodies interacting according to the universal gravitational law.
We provide a generic position of the Sun (always at the center), a small planet (with the same mass as the Earth) and a big massive planet (1000 times the mass of the Earth), to see how this planet affects the orbit of the smaller planet when it comes close to it.

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Run the first situation and see how the massive planet affect the orbit of the smaller one.
An interesting activity is to pause the simulation, drag the Sun to a different position and play the simulation.
Now that we dragged a body, why not dragging any of the other ones? (Please recall to pause the simulation before dragging any of the bodies, otherwise the simulation may become unstable) 

Author : Francisco Esquembre 

 Date : February 2002

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