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Fri Dec 11, 2020, 05:54 AM

Astronomers Just Found Cosmic 'Superhighways' For Fast Travel Through The Solar System


MICHELLE STARR11 DECEMBER 2020

Invisible structures generated by gravitational interactions in the Solar System have created a "space superhighway" network, astronomers have discovered.

These channels enable the fast travel of objects through space, and could be harnessed for our own space exploration purposes, as well as the study of comets and asteroids.

By applying analyses to both observational and simulation data, a team of researchers led by Nataša Todorović of Belgrade Astronomical Observatory in Serbia observed that these superhighways consist of a series of connected arches inside these invisible structures, called space manifolds - and each planet generates its own manifolds, together creating what the researchers have called "a true celestial autobahn".

This network can transport objects from Jupiter to Neptune in a matter of decades, rather than the much longer timescales, on the order of hundreds of thousands to millions of years, normally found in the Solar System.

More:
https://www.sciencealert.com/solar-system-arches-of-chaos-create-cosmic-fast-travel-superhighways

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Reply Astronomers Just Found Cosmic 'Superhighways' For Fast Travel Through The Solar System (Original post)
Judi Lynn Dec 2020 OP
Chin music Dec 2020 #1
Native Dec 2020 #2
quaint Dec 2020 #3
Wounded Bear Dec 2020 #4
ChazInAz Dec 2020 #5
Wounded Bear Dec 2020 #6
ChazInAz Dec 2020 #7
burrowowl Dec 2020 #8
Nitram Dec 2020 #9
cstanleytech Dec 2020 #10
reACTIONary Dec 2020 #13
dlk Dec 2020 #11
tavernier Dec 2020 #12
summer_in_TX Dec 2020 #14
AZ8theist Dec 2020 #15
denbot Dec 2020 #16
chwaliszewski Dec 2020 #17
muriel_volestrangler Dec 2020 #18

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Dec 11, 2020, 08:29 AM

2. Super cool.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Dec 11, 2020, 09:47 AM

3. Astounding.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Dec 11, 2020, 10:36 AM

4. Is that anything like a chronosynclastic infindubulum?

Asking for a friend.

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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #4)

Fri Dec 11, 2020, 10:55 AM

5. I miss Isaac.

His papers on that subject would be groundbreaking.

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Response to ChazInAz (Reply #5)

Fri Dec 11, 2020, 10:56 AM

6. Was thinking more of Kurt...

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Response to Wounded Bear (Reply #6)

Fri Dec 11, 2020, 11:09 AM

7. Right!

Last edited Fri Dec 11, 2020, 12:24 PM - Edit history (1)

It's been too many decades since I've reviewed the classics! For some reason, I was thinking of thiotomoline.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Dec 11, 2020, 11:53 AM

8. Based on the slingshot

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Dec 11, 2020, 04:56 PM

9. This is mainly an advance on the use of planetary gravitational fields to "slingshot" space

vehicles to increase their speeds exponentially without using much fuel. But it's potentially a very big advance.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Dec 11, 2020, 05:44 PM

10. Umm maybe I am not understanding this but havent we already been able to send stuff out that far

like Voyager 2 which made it to Neptune back in 1989?

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Response to cstanleytech (Reply #10)

Sat Dec 12, 2020, 11:45 AM

13. Yes. Take New Horizons mission to Pluto for example...

Using a pretty impressive initial impulse and a "standard" gravity assist at Jupiter, it reached Pluto (about the same distance as Neptune) in about a decade.

Voyager mission was a "grand tour" of the solar system, so it was not in a hurry.

This new analysis seems like it could shed some light on the migration of natural objects in the solar system, but might not be very useful for exploration.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Fri Dec 11, 2020, 09:32 PM

11. How cool is this?

Thanks for sharing!

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Sat Dec 12, 2020, 11:37 AM

12. Makes me think of gulf streams

and the surfer turtle dudes on Finding Nemo.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sat Dec 12, 2020, 11:26 PM

14. Tesseracts and worm holes, oh my!

Someday in the not too distant future, some of those superhighways may have human explorers using them to places far, far away.

Pretty amazing!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Sun Dec 13, 2020, 06:01 AM

15. My apprehension would be the possible "reverse" situation.

Near Earth or far Earth asteroids finding one of these superhighways as a path to the inner solar system.
Bringing potential collisions to our doorstep.

And there would be NOTHING we can do to stop it.

Oh well, humanity. We had a good run!

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Response to AZ8theist (Reply #15)

Mon Dec 14, 2020, 04:24 AM

16. Lucifer's Hammer..?

Haven’t read it in 40 years. Time to find it in audio form.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Dec 15, 2020, 01:18 AM

17. Cool

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Dec 17, 2020, 07:05 PM

18. Why are several DUers saying this is about slingshots and gravity assists? It says Lagrange points

which are completely different. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lagrange_point

Either I'm missing something that others think is obvious, or people are just assuming they know what the article says without reading it.

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