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Re: Speculation Re Planet Orbiting Alpha Centauri 1

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Posted by Clark Sims/">Clark Sims on October 21, 1999 12:22:06 UTC

: I've done a simulation of the Alpha Centauri system with planets at various distances. It's true that the Kirkwood gaps would be unacceptable places to find planets, but I also found that planets with orbits comparable in size to Earth's were fine. The orbit would slightly change when the stars were at their closest, but it was stable overall.

That is pretty neat. What software did you use to perform the simulation? What algorithms did the software use? How did you perform the simulations? Did you start with a large number of test planets at random velocitites and follow the evolution? How did you choose the distribution of initial conditions? How big was the sample population and how much time did it take? What type of computer did you use?

One more question. What is a Kirkwood gap?

Thanks in Advance,


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