According to new research, our solar system used to have an additional planet that “escaped”.
Scientists at the Carnegie Institution for Science claim there is a third “ice giant” between Uranus and Saturn.
New evidence suggests that this planet was “flung out” of our solar system in the early days of its formation.
A widely accepted theory is that the sun used to be surrounded by gas and dust that collided to form planets.
We currently have eight planets in our solar system.
There were once nine planets, but Pluto lost its planetary status in 2006.
The researchers created 6,000 computer simulations to find out what the planets of the solar system looked like when they were formed and what position they were in.
Carnegie postdoc Matt Clement said, “We now know that there are thousands of planetary systems in our Milky Way alone.
“However, it turns out that the arrangement of the planets in our own solar system is highly unusual. We therefore use models to reverse engineer and replicate the creation processes.
“It’s a bit like trying to find out what happened in the aftermath of a car accident – how fast the cars were going, in which directions, and so on.”
The simulations showed that it was likely an “ejected ice giant,” similar to Uranus and Neptune, that was thrown out of our planetary system and into space during its formation.
Clement said, “This suggests that while our solar system is a bit strange, it has not always been the case.
“Having established the effectiveness of this model, we can also use it to study the formation of terrestrial planets, including our own, and possibly inform our ability to look for similar systems that might.” to house life. ”
This study was published in the journal Icarus.
A whole new world: what is Planet X?
Here’s what you need to know …
- Planet X is a theoretical, a theoretical ninth planet that may lurk in the most distant areas of our solar system
- The hypothetical world, also known as Planet Nine, has never been observed and the judges are not yet sure if it actually exists
- Planet X was first proposed by astronomers at the California Institute of Technology in 2016 to explain the shaky orbits of distant objects
- The space bodies in question lie in the Kuiper Belt, a region beyond Neptune that is filled with dwarf planets and icy debris
- Scientists believe that the gravitational pull of an undiscovered ninth planet in the solar system could pull the objects in strange orbits
- Planet X is said to have a mass about ten times that of Earth and 20 times farther from the Sun than Neptune
- It can take anywhere from 10,000 to 20,000 earth years to reach a full orbit around the sun
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In other space news, a giant asteroid following the orbit of Mars could be the “long-lost twin” of our moon.
It’s a good week to learn about all of the planets in our solar system as an impressive six will be visible in the night sky.
And a giant asteroid nicknamed “God of Chaos” gains speed as it moves towards Earth.
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