** Authors: **

Renato Calleja, Carlos Garcia-Azpeitia,
J.P. Lessard, and J.D. Mireles James

** Abstract:** The present work studies the continuation class of the regular n-gon solution of the n-body problem.
For odd numbers of bodies between n=3 and n=15 we apply one parameter numerical continuation algorithms
to the energy/frequency variable, and find that the figure eight choreography can be reached starting from the
regular n-gon. The continuation leaves the plane of the n-gon, and passes through families of spatial choreographies
with the topology of torus knots. Numerical continuation out of the n-gon solution is complicatedby the fact that
the kernel of the linearization there is high dimensional. Our work exploits a symmetrized
version of the problem which admits dense sets of choreography solutions, and which can be written as a
delay differential equation in terms of one of the bodies. This symmetrized setup simplifies the problem
in several ways. On one hand, the direction of the kernel is determined automatically by the symmetry.
On the otherhand, the set of possible bifurcations is reduced and the n-gon continues to the eight after
a single symmetrybreaking bifurcation. Based on the calculations presented here we conjecture that the
n-gon and the eight arein the same continuation class for all odd numbers of bodies.

(to appear in Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy).