Good News! The Solar System Is Going to Hold Together For Now

You can relax if you've been lying in bed at night worrying that the planets of the Solar System may start bouncing off into the cosmos.

Researchers from the University of Sofia in Bulgaria, mathematicians Angel Zhivkov and Ivaylo Tounchev, present an analytical justification for the stability of the Solar System throughout the ensuing 100 millennia, including all eight planets and Pluto.

Their calculations, which have not yet undergone peer review, indicate that there won't be much of a change in the orbits of these bodies over that time.

That might sound unusual considering that the Solar System has been operating for over 4.5 billion years.

However, it's quite difficult to estimate and foresee what it will do in the future.

Through the use of sophisticated computing to simulate the motions of the planets over millions or billions of years, studies have been done to try to predict the future of the Solar System.

This is due to the fact that it takes into consideration variations from the original conditions, such as the eccentricities and inclinations of the planets' orbits as well as the masses of all the components in the system.

Scientists have been baffled by the Solar System's ultimate fate for a very long time.