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geobeck

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Stretching orbit of added bodies?
« on: January 06, 2017, 11:16:14 PM »
I'm enjoying this simulation, but a feature I'd like to see is stretching the orbits of added bodies. This can currently be done if you incline the orbit, but I'd like to create more elliptical orbits in the current orbital plane.

...just so I can send a couple of Jupiters careening into the inner solar system.

JMBuilder

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Re: Stretching orbit of added bodies?
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2017, 11:36:11 PM »
You can do this by tweaking the "eccentricity" meter of the object.

emarksmi

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Re: Stretching orbit of added bodies?
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2017, 12:44:14 AM »
You can also do it by adjusting the orbital speed.  I've found that you can create any orbit you want by playing with eccentricity, inclination, argument of periapsis, orbital speed, and the other orbital parameters available.