Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy

, Volume 109, Issue 4, pp 321–332 | Cite as

Finiteness of spatial central configurations in the five-body problem

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We strengthen a generic finiteness result due to Moeckel by showing that the number of spatial central configurations of the Newtonian five-body problem with positive masses is finite, apart from some explicitly given special cases of mass values.


Central configurations n-Body problem Tropical geometry Polyhedral fan Albouy–Chenciner equations 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mathematics and StatisticsUniversity of MinnesotaDuluthUSA
  2. 2.Mathematisches InstitutGeorg-August-Universität GöttingenGöttingenGermany

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