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Collection of remarkable three-body motions

Collection of remarkable three-body motions

From the site: "The most fascinating phenomena of celestial mechanics are revealed in the motions of three or more bodies attracted to one another by gravitational forces. If a third body is added to a system of two interacting bodies, the three-body problem generally becomes analytically unsolvable, that is, there exist no general formulas that describe the motion and permit the calculation of positions and velocities of the bodies from arbitrary initial conditions. The lack of analytic solutions is related to the extraordinary complexity of possible motions. Some examples included in the presented collection of Java applets allow us to observe fascinating trajectories of three-body motions that delight the eye and challenge our intuition. However, among the great variety of extremely complex motions there exist a finite subset of very simple regular motions. Some of these regular motions are also illustrated in this collection."


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