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From Pluto to the Sun [De Pluton au Soleil].

A virtual Earth-like planet (dark blue) is added to the actual Solar System. Each frame of this animation displays a particular trajectory of this planet when moved from Pluto -bottom left- to the Sun -top right- (see figure "The journey of an Earth-like planet (dark blue) from Pluto (grey) to the Sun (yellow)"). Each of these trajectories has a duration equals to one plutonian year and belongs to the plane of Pluto. For each of these intermediate trajectories, the 11-body system is visualized with the virtual planet at the origin of coordinates.

The relative trajectories look non periodical and even chaotic. Do not forget that the trajectories of the virtual planet and of the Earth do not belong to the same plane -the ecliptic plane-. What kind of science -astronomy in particular- could be developped in a such non regular context?

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Please, note that due to scale problems, it is almost impossible to visualize simultaneously actual distances and sizes in the Solar System. Then, it is the square root of the distances to the Sun that are displayed; when the Solar System is displayed without such a non linear scaling, the inner planets are "hidden" by the Sun. Moreover, the diameter of each celestial body is multiplied by a huge arbitrary factor.

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