Reply to post: Re: "We are learning that chaos may be a common trait of binary systems,"

Hubble spots Pluto's moons are a chaotic mess of tumbling rock

Torben Mogensen

Re: "We are learning that chaos may be a common trait of binary systems,"

Actually, the three-body problem IS chaotic in the modern, mathematical sense. There are non-chaotic three-body configurations (for example, when several small bodies orbit a much larger mass in near-circular orbits), but the general problem is chaotic. Smaller moons closely orbiting two large co-orbiting bodes are almost bound to be a chaotic system.

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