Astronomer search cosmic ‘superhives’


(Newser)
– Think space travel is just too slow? Well, the good news: Astronomers say they have uncovered an “autobahn” of invisible interactions that carry objects along – and may have accelerated space exploration, Science Alert reports. New research hinges on “manifolds,” or gravitational fields that exist between orbiting bodies such as the planet and the sun. NASA already uses them to propel the spacecraft, but it now appears to have manifold “unexpected ornamental structures” that enable objects to gain extra momentum according to Phys.org. This structure apparently helps the comet travel from Jupiter to Neptune in a decade, much faster than the thousands or millions of years typically found in solar-system dynamics.

In fact the most powerful effects are associated with Jupiter’s gravitational forces – which, according to a model used in research, could send objects to Uranus and Neptune in 38 or 46 years. “It should come as no surprise that Jupiter can induce mass transport on decadal time scales, as space missions are specifically designed for Jupiter-aided transport, including the voyager 1 and Examples of flyerbines are the Vyjar 2, ”says the author. “Nevertheless, their widespread impact on natural celestial bodies has been largely undisturbed and unexplained.” They say that more research could provide “deeper insights” into “transport” in the solar system. (This solstice will provide a vision not seen since the Middle Ages.)

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