According to research published in Scientific Advances, Astronomers have announced the existence of invisible structures in the Solar System they say create a "space superhighway" network. These invisible structures enable the fast travel of objects through space. The network of these structures can transport objects from Jupiter to Neptune in a matter of decades. The structures could be harnessed for exploration purposes, as well as the study of comets and asteroids.
When researchers were simulating Jupiter's close encounters with other planets, they found the most prominent arches, at increasing heliocentric distances, were linked with Jupiter. The majority of particles reached Uranus and Neptune in less than a century.
Space manifolds act as boundaries of dynamical channels enabling fast transportation into the inner and outermost reaches of the Solar System. They can also explain the apparent erratic nature of comets and their eventual demise. Strongest spacemanolds are found to be linked to Jupiter and have a profound control on small bodies.
These findings could help us better understand how comets and asteroids move around the inner Solar System. But it will be hard to find out how these gateways work, and how to avoid collision courses.
Study of phase-space structures could provide insight into transport between the two belts of minor bodies and the terrestrial planet region. The largest planet in the solar system, Jupiter can induce large-scale transport on decadal time scales, as space missions have been specifically designed for Jupiter-assisted transport.