Touring the Solar System

Recently, I have read a very recommended book called "The Interstellar Age: Inside the Forty-Year Voyager Mission" by Jim Bell (see its Goodreads entry). The book, as you can imagine from the title, recounts the story (so far) of the two Vogayer spacecrafts, and of the people who made this possible. There is also a … Continue reading Touring the Solar System

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The three-body problem

The publication of the novel "The three body problem" written by Chinese author Cixin Liu rekindled my interest about this long-standing issue in classical dynamics. As also pointed out in the novel, an empty space is stationary (and boring). An empty space plus a spherical body is also stationary (still boring). An empty space plus … Continue reading The three-body problem

Simulate The Solar System with Processing

It's New Year's eve and it's time for horoscopes! Or maybe not. If you are a believer, or if you're not, it's still a good time to learn something more about celestial mechanics. We'll make use of Processing, an open source programming language and environment for people who want to create images, animations, and interactions. You … Continue reading Simulate The Solar System with Processing