A superhighway system in the Solar System!

Researchers have discovered a new superhighway network to travel through the Solar System much faster than was previously known. These can drive comets and asteroids near Jupiter to Neptune's distance in under a decade and to 100 AU within 100 years.



These "superhighways" can be used to send spacecraft to outer space relatively fast, and also to monitor and understand near-Earth objects that might collide with our planet.

The population of Jupiter-family comets (whose orbital periods are about 20 years) as well as small-size solar system bodies known as Centaurs and are controlled by such manifolds on unprecedented time scales. Some of these bodies will end up colliding with Jupiter or being ejected from the Solar System!


Source: University of California - San Diego

 

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