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SPOCK: Modeling Orbital Scenarios around Other Stars

14 Jul 2020, 17:44 UTC
SPOCK: Modeling Orbital Scenarios around Other Stars D. Tamayo et al./Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 2020.

In addition to being a rather well-known character on television, SPOCK also stands for something else, a software model its creators label Stability of Planetary Orbital Configurations Klassifier. SPOCK is handy computer code indeed, determining the long-term stability of planetary configurations at a pace some 100,000 times faster than any previous method. Thus machine learning continues to set a fast pace in assisting our research into exoplanets.

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