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Celestial mechanics

Fresh solutions to the four-body problem

Describing the motion of three or more bodies under the influence of gravity is one of the toughest problems in astronomy. The report of solutions to a large subclass of the four-body problem is truly remarkable.

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Figure 1: A subclass of the three-body problem.
Figure 2: A subclass of the four-body problem.

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Hamilton, D. Fresh solutions to the four-body problem. Nature 533, 187–188 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1038/nature17896

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