Planetary Chaos

So, it’s still pictures – or animations – of science and not me at the moment, following up Sunday’s Chaotic Pendulum post with more animations, this time of chaotic pendulums on different planets! It’s amazing how something as commonplace as gravity can change everything about a system. All these pendulums are exactly the same – the only thing changed wa the gravitational force they felt, which was correlated to the ‘planet’ we put them on (or, well, ran the simulation to make it look like they were on). 

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earthissmoonmercuryvenusmarsjupitersaturnuranusneptunepluto


I hope you like the animations (I spent AGES working on the code), and it’s be back to fashion soon enough, once I get get back into the rhythm of things.

If anyone’s got any more complex questions about chaos, feel free to ask, or if you’re interested in how the hell the animations work. 

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