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Quantised orbits of the planets

Quantum orbits of the planets. Conceptual computer artwork showing the planets of the solar system on a model of atomic orbitals. This represents the theory that the orbits of the planets were determined by similar physical principles to those governing the orbits of electrons. Electrons can only occupy distinct energy levels around an atom, rather than having the capability to be anywhere. These quantum levels are determined by the electrons energy. The theory that similar effects occur at the solar system scale is controversial and not widely accepted, as the orbits can be explained by well-understood gravitational theory

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This print titled "Quantised orbits of the planets" showcases a mesmerizing conceptual computer artwork that merges the realms of quantum mechanics and planetary science. The image depicts the planets of our solar system arranged on a model resembling atomic orbitals, suggesting a theory that their movements are governed by similar physical principles as those governing electrons. Intriguingly, just like electrons can only occupy distinct energy levels around an atom, this controversial theory proposes that planets too have quantized orbits determined by their energy levels. However, it is important to note that this hypothesis has not gained widespread acceptance within the scientific community due to well-established gravitational theories explaining planetary motion. The visual representation in this artwork beautifully illustrates how these celestial bodies might adhere to quantum laws at a grand scale. From Mercury to Pluto, each planet is meticulously placed according to its distance from the sun and follows an orbital path akin to electron movement around an atomic nucleus. While still subject to debate and further exploration, this thought-provoking concept challenges conventional wisdom and invites us to ponder the intricate connections between microcosm and macrocosm. This stunning piece from Science Photo Library serves as a reminder of humanity's ceaseless quest for knowledge about our universe's mysteries.

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