Kelper-36 Solar Systems Proving to be Diverse!

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Kelper-36 Solar Systems Proving to be Diverse!

Postby DarthLocke on Sat Jun 23, 2012 11:03 pm

NASA scientists working on the Kepler Mission have discovered an unprecedented solar system, in which two planets with vastly different densities and compositions are locked in a surprisingly close orbit around their star. The finding shows that there is much greater diversity in the composition of solar systems than we'd previously thought....

The new solar system, which the Kepler scientists describe as "extreme," will likely have an impact on emerging theories about planet migration and orbital rearrangement. Prior to this discovery, scientists had assumed that small, rocky planets form in the hot part of the inner solar system, and that bigger, less dense planets can only form far away from the host star, where it's cool enough for volatile material like water ice and methane ice to collect. And it's thought that, in some cases, gas giants can slowly creep their way into the inner solar system, annihilating or ejecting the low-mass inner planets.

But the discovery of Kepler-36 messes this all up, sending the scientists straight back to the drawing board. Specifically, astronomers will have to figure out how the two planets with such different densities in nearly identical orbits both got there and survived — a configuration the Kepler team described as "puzzling."

Just thought this was kind of interesting! Who knows what's out there and how it all works :lol:

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