This new understanding could give us a better understanding of how comets and asteroids travel around the Solar System and their potential threats to Earth, as well as aiding in search missions. to destroy the Solar System in the future.
According to the ScienceAlert news site, researchers have just discovered a cosmic “super-high-speed” network, opening up prospects for people to be able to shorten travel time from Earth to remote regions of the Solar System. God.
It is known that the team observed and searched for “space manifolds” – invisible structures consisting of a series of connected arches created by the gravitational interactions of the planets. in the Solar System. According to researchers, space manifolds will combine together to create something called the ‘highways for the celestial universe’.
However, finding spatial manifolds is not simple. Researchers from the University of California (USA) had to analyze the orbits of millions of solar system celestial bodies by observing directly or simulating on a computer, then calculating how they interact and link. together to find clues.
Space highways allow meteors to travel through space much faster than previously thought – for example, traveling between Jupiter and Neptune in less than a decade
While observing objects ranging from the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter to Uranus, the team found a space manifold structure. This structure is linked to Jupiter as well as with the planet’s powerful gravity, which affects objects under its influence.
“We have discovered a space manifold structure that has never been found before, consisting of a series of connected arches that stretch from the asteroid belt to Uranus and beyond,” the team said. said.
According to the team, this network of ‘space high-speed’ has enabled comets and meteors to travel from near Jupiter to Neptune in less than a decade, and travel distances. 100 ĄU line (1 AU equals the distance from Earth to the Sun) in less than 100 years. Normally, objects would take hundreds of thousands to millions of years to travel this long distance.
This is the map of the “cosmic highways” around Jupiter – focusing on very chaotic structures inside the arches.
This new understanding could help us better understand how comets and asteroids move around the Solar System and their potential threat to Earth. And of course, they will help with future solar system exploration missions.
However, scientists still face many challenges ahead. For example, we will have to find a way to take advantage of these space highways so that the spacecraft can travel faster.