According to a new study, OUR Solar System once had one more ‘escaped’ planet.
Scientists at the Carnegie Institute of Science claim that there is a third ‘ice giant’ located between Uranus and Saturn.
New evidence suggests that the planet was ‘thrown out of our Solar System’ when it was in its early days.
One widely accepted theory is that the Sun was once surrounded by gas and dust that collided to form planets.
We currently have eight planets in our Solar System.
Once considered nine planets, Pluto lost its position in 2006.
Studies have created 6,000 computer simulations to try and find out what the planets of the Solar System looked like when they first formed and where they were.
“We now know that in our Milky Way alone there are thousands of planetary systems,” said Matt Clement, Carnegie’s postdoctoral fellow.
“But it turns out the arrangement of the planets in our Solar System is very unusual, so we are using the models to reverse engineer and recreate its formation processes.
“It’s a bit like trying to figure out what happened in an actual car crash – how fast the cars were, in which directions, etc.”
The simulations show it is likely that a “ejected ice giant”, similar to Uranus and Neptune, was ejected from our planetary system as it was forming and going. into deep space.
“This indicates that while our Solar System is a little odd, it’s not always the case.
“Furthermore, now that we have established the effectiveness of this model, we can use it to help us look at the formation of planets on the ground, including their own. and perhaps to inform our ability to find similar systems in other places where there may be potential for storing life. “
This research 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 ninth planet that could theoretically lurk in the farthest region of our Solar System.
- Also known as Planet Nine, the hypothetical world has never been observed and the jury still doesn’t know if it actually exists.
- Planet X was first proposed in 2016 by astronomers at the California Institute of Technology to explain the oscillating orbits of distant objects.
- The space celestial bodies in question are located in the Kuiper Belt, an outer area of Neptune filled with dwarf planets and ice debris.
- Scientists think the gravity of an undiscovered ninth planet in the Solar System could pull objects into strange orbit.
- Planet X is thought to have 10 times the mass of Earth and is 20 times more distant from the Sun than Neptune
- It can take between 10,000 and 20,000 Earth years to create a complete orbit around the Sun.
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