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Stability of a small planet's orbit in a 3 body system. (Senior Division).

This project was designed to determine by computer simulation the possibility of having a habitable, earth-sized planet in a system with a star and a much larger planet. A Basic program was used to determine the period of a small planet orbiting a star in the presence of a much larger planet also orbiting the star. Using data generated by the program, graphs of period vs. orbit number were prepared for the small planet. These graphs were used to determine whether or not the small planet remains in the star's habitable zone for a significant period of time. The results of the simulations show that a small planet can, indeed, remain in a stable, habitable zone orbit in the presence of a large planet.

Adam Ginsburg, Cherry Creek High School
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Author:Ginsburg, Adam
Publication:Journal of the Colorado-Wyoming Academy of Science
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Date:Apr 1, 2002
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