In the last two decades remarkable advances in computer speed, the development of new numerical techniques, and the application of modern nonlinear dynamics techniques to classical problems of celestial mechanics have permitted the discovery and exploration of a number of examples of dynamical chaos in our own solar system. Perhaps the most interesting is the result that the orbits of the planets themselves evolve chaotically. I will review both past and current research on this topic and describe a number of avenues of future research in solar system dynamics.
AAS/Division of Dynamical Astronomy Meeting
- Pub Date:
- September 1999