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Just messing around and was wondering how stable a system like this would be.

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    $\begingroup$ Althaen, welcome to Astronomy Stack Exchange! I'm not sure how many of our users want to answer questions of the form "Look at this random system I generated. Is it stable?" Because of this, your question may get closed. On the other hand, if there are further reasons that you are interested in this configuration, sharing those reasons in your post may prevent closure. $\endgroup$
    – called2voyage
    Commented Sep 26, 2016 at 13:41
  • $\begingroup$ Hi @Althaen. As was mentioned on your other question, Universe Sandbox 2 is really not a scientific simulation on the level of software, or calculations, used by astronomers and space-craft workers. Also, you should really state that you are using Universe Sandbox 2 since "what is interesting and obvious to us is of no interest to most folks reading" you know? $\endgroup$
    – Fattie
    Commented Sep 26, 2016 at 14:37
  • $\begingroup$ What do you mean by "stable"? $\endgroup$
    – ProfRob
    Commented Sep 26, 2016 at 16:16

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Seems like it would be subject to Kozai oscillations at least-- see https://www.cfa.harvard.edu/research/ta/kozai-lidov-mechanism. That mechanism tends to swap obliquity for eccentricity, without changing the energies of the orbits, so it is fueled by torque rather than work. It is easier to get a slow torque from two inclined orbits than it is to get work done, because work requires a consistently oriented force, whereas torque tends to require only an overall average asymmetry in the geometry.

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  • $\begingroup$ a knowledgeable answer! $\endgroup$
    – Fattie
    Commented Sep 26, 2016 at 14:30

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