Three Body Chaos Applet
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Drag to sling shot the satellite from a new starting location


In a gravitational system with three or more bodies tracking position over time becomes chaotic. Slight perturbations (i.e. miscalculations) in the start position can greatly affect the calculated positions later as time goes by. Here is an applet that shows the 10 possible paths of a satellite travelling between two suns. All 10 paths start at the same position (with slight perturbations).

View Source Also uses modified version of Ken Perlin's BufferedApplet.java
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