"Superhighway" in Space

Erin Y. Zhang

A new superhighway network by the means to travel through the Solar System was discovered by researchers. These “superhighways” can also be called celestial autobahn, or celestial highway.

How fast can it be?

It can drive comets and asteroids around Jupiter to Neptune in less than a decade and can send them to 100 astronomical units in less than a century (100 calendar years).

Why are they useful?

They may be used for a variety of different things, including sending spacecraft to the “other side” of the planetary system, which not only provides more access for research purposes, but also allows detection for any objects that may collide with the Earth.

What has been studied so far?

Researchers have observed the dynamic structure of these particular routes and noticed that they form a connected series of arches inside space manifolds that extends from Uranus and goes beyond. In fact, this new discovery has been occurring for over several decades, which is relatively recent, when compared to the millions of years that allowed the characterization of the Solar System dynamics.

Numerical data was gathered in order to resolve structures and to compute the way they fold within already discovered space manifolds. However, in order to determine whether they can be used by spacecraft, how these folds behave around Earth, and if meteorites and asteroids can be controlled, further research must be conducted.


Sources:

University of California - San Diego. "New superhighway system discovered in the Solar System." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 9 December 2020.

www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/12 /201209094216.htm.

Erin Zhang

Erin is currently a high school student who has a strong passion for things related to both life and social sciences, as well as music. She is a strong believer that education should be a right for everyone. Unfortunately, in the society that we live in, that is not the case for everyone, but she is passionate about becoming one of the individuals who are advocating for that change, even if it is only little by little.