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Young solar system found nearby resembles our own Earth, solar system

Artists conception of 30 Ari with its newly discovered companion stars. (Photo: NASA, JPL)

Representational picture: Artists conception of 30 Ari with its newly discovered companion stars. (Photo: NASA, JPL)

While the hunt in space for another earth similar to us is underway, astronomers have recently discovered a young solar system resembling our earth and the solar system around a nearby star.

It was found by a global team led by Thayne Currie of the Subaru Telescope with the help of the Gemini South telescope. The images captured by the telescope revealed a ring-like disk of debris around a Sun-like star, reflecting the environment similar to the birth of the Sun in our own solar system.

Currie is confident that the discovery of the bright ring orbiting the star, known by its number, HD 115600 might unveil a new era of solar system in outer space that can be found similar to ours. The ring measures roughly the same distance from its own solar planet the way our own Kuiper Belt is from the Sun. Both receive the same amount of light from the Sun but the star in the new solar system is bigger than the Sun.

The HD 115600 is more massive than the Sun and could be a member of a massive grouping of 10- to 20-million-year-old stars called the Scorpius-Centaurus OB association. Interestingly, its birth cloud is also same as the nebula in which our Sun formed some 4.5 billion years ago.

Based on scientific models used in measuring and predicting planets of different masses and orbital separations due to a debris disk, Currrie and the team was able to calculate what kind of planet might be distorting HD 115600’s ring.

Finally, they found that eccentric versions of planets much like Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, or Neptune could explain the shape and other properties of the ring.

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