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Discovery of a Jupiter twin gives scientists hopes and hints of another solar system similar to that of the earth

Discovery of a Jupiter twin gives scientists hopes and hints of another solar system similar to that of the earth

Some scientists have become pretty tricky while scoring the galaxy’s corner for planets that are similar to earth. According to scientists, there is an ideal exoplanet that is habitable in another solar system that is similar to ours- http://edition.cnn.com/2015/07/16/americas/possible-new-solar-system-new-jupiter/index.html (follow the link for more information).

However, the solar system that we reside in seems almost impossible to find elsewhere. Astronomers on the other had might have found one according to a study that was aimed at finding “solar system 2.0”.

The astronomers say that the potential match is somewhere around 200 light-years from planet earth near HIP 11915 star. This star is very close in resemblance to the sun of our solar system. Using binoculars, one can see the star near constellation Cetus within the southern evening skies of North America.

An international astronomers’ team under the leadership of Subaru Telescope’s Thayne Currie presented HD 115600 images that revealed debris in a ring-like disc that surrounds the sun-like star. According to the astronomers, the analysis of the images shows that the solar-system, ring-like disc is of almost the same size with the edgeworth-Kuiper Belt solar system also known as the Kuiper Belt- http://astronomynow.com/2015/06/02/young-solar-system-discovered-around-a-nearby-star/ (follow the link for more information).

Currie said that the discovery of bright disc-like ring orbiting the sun-like star changes everything. The ring looks like our solar system at its toddler stage. It is remarkable that the distance of the ring from the sun-like star is almost exactly the same with that of Kuiper Belt from the sun. It also receives almost the same light amount. However, the star is slightly massive than sun. It also belongs to the massive group of stars that are between ten and twenty million years old, known as the Scorpius-Centaurus –OB-association.

Astronomers say that a strong evidence to prove that the solar system has planets that are similar to Jupiter exists. Jupiter is a gaseous giant that has huge mass. According to astronomer, the twin of Jupiter orbits HIP 11915 at the same distance that Jupiter does from the sun of our solar system.

Twin Jupiter takes 3, 600 days to orbit HIP 11915. This is the same orbital phase for Jupiter around our sun because it takes around 4,330 days. Although there could be few close matches out there, the European Southern Observatory’s spokesman, Richard Hook said that the discovery is quite unique.

According to Richard, the newly found exoplanet and the solar system are the closest match. The exoplanet is the best possible Jupiter-like object orbiting a sun-like object.

For over two decades, scientists have always put their efforts in finding exoplanets. At first, they thought that seeing them in solar systems that resemble ours would be easier. However, they only found stars that resemble the sun of our solar system with at most two planets that orbit them or several larger planets orbiting their stars- http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/26376035 (follow the link for more information).

The new discovery of a Jupiter twin orbiting HIP 11915 has now ignited their hope. Nevertheless, scientists are yet to find an earth-like exoplanet.

Sources

http://edition.cnn.com/2015/07/16/americas/possible-new-solar-system-new-jupiter/index.html

http://astronomynow.com/2015/06/02/young-solar-system-discovered-around-a-nearby-star/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/26376035

 

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