Asteroid and Comet Flood Occurring on a Similar Solar System to Our Own

If you’re like most people, you often believe that Earth is a pretty bad place to live on, judging by the diseases, corruption, natural disasters, poverty, and so on. But how many of us are aware that there are plenty of planets in the Universe that can make Earth look like a true Paradise? And there’s not even use taking into account the lack of oxygen or water.

There are certain planets near us that are like a vision of Hell. Furthermore, the more you look at them, the less you doubt the existence of a real Hell somewhere in the objective world. The best and closest example to us is Venus – bright and luminous on the night sky and acting as a lighthouse for us, but it can bring to life our worst nightmares if we get too close to it. Our neighboring planet constantly burns at its surface, having an average temperature of 462 degrees Celsius. But let’s move away from our solar system for a bit.

The HR8799 star is the star of the show

The HR8799 star is not located too far away from Earth: at ‘only’ 127 light-years away, this distance is like a spit for the Universe. The star has a planetary system surrounding it that resembles our own Solar System very much. This imminently captured the astronomers’ attention, and they became curious to learn more. Therefore, astronomers from the University of Groningen and SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research had used the resemblance between the two solar systems to model the delivery of various materials by asteroids and comets within the remote planetary system.

The simulation made by the astronomers reveals that just like in our own Solar System, the four gas planets surrounding the HR8799 star receive material delivered by smaller bodies. The team estimates a total delivery of material of around half a millionth from the planets’ masses. This could mean even a larger amount of asteroids and comets than we can experience in our own Solar System.

Therefore, we all should learn to cherish our planet the way it is because we might never find a better one. The results regarding the planets surrounding the HR8799 star had been published by the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics.

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Cristian Antonescu

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With a strong passion for astronomy since he was little and hundreds of articles written about this field, Cristian is a reliable writer who keeps the website up-to-date with news about the wonders of the Universe.

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