AiS Challenge Team Abstract

Team Number: 009

School Name: Albuquerque Academy

Area of Science: Space Sciences

Project Title: Modeling Solar Systems



A stable solar system is important for any form of life. Organisms cannot grow or develop unless they have a stable place to do so.

Our project will simulate different types of solar systems, varying the parameters in the simulations. Using these simulations, we will discover which of these systems fall apart or pull together, and also which ones remain stable for a long period of time, for at least a billion years. We also want to analyze the characteristics of stable systems and of their planets, such as the positions and orbits they fall into. We will test the simulation on our own solar system as well, to see how much longer it will remain stable. Using this data, scientists could analyze distant solar systems and discover their characteristics without observing them directly.

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