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Astronomers find an ‘ideal solar system’ where they now explore signs of life

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Research has revealed that scientists have discovered a ‘perfect solar system,’ one that did not undergo intense collisions resulting in the formation of planets of varying sizes, as seen in our own. The relatively recent solar system is located about 100 light-years away; it hosts six planets of nearly uniform size and underwent its configuration approximately 12 billion years ago. The study, published in the journal Nature, notes that unlike the solar system known as HD110067, ours resulted from collisions that shifted and distorted orbits to form both large and smaller planets, such as Earth.

In the HD110067 solar system, the planets rotate in sync, unlike ours; the planet closest to the star’s center completes three orbits, the farthest one twice, and so on. The report emphasizes, “We found that the planets follow a sequence of resonant orbits. Dynamic analysis of the innermost planetary trio allowed predicting and then confirming the orbits of the other planets in the system.”

It is worth mentioning that, due to the so-called ‘planetary choreography,’ experts have composed a melody reminiscent of Philip Glass’s classics to understand, through rhythms and notes, the rotation and revolution periods of the celestial bodies.

In a media interview, Rafael Luque, a researcher at the University of Chicago, pointed out that the study of the ‘perfect solar system’ could shed light on “how planets formed, as this solar system did not experience the chaotic beginnings of ours and has not been disturbed since its formation.” He added that the system is “beautiful and unique” as they now seek signs of life in it.

Published by Iraic.Info, a news and information agency.

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