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University of St. Andrews researchers discovered a rare astronomical event that includes the movement of 6 planets around their sun in perfect harmony. The researchers used the European Space Agency “Cubeus” telescope to observe 6
Source: Abanoub Sami – Erm News
The researchers used the European Space Agency “Cubeus” telescope to monitor 6 exoplanets in the solar system, 200 light years from Earth, moving in a rhythmic movement.
According to the British newspaper, “Daily Mail”, researchers “St. Andrews” found that 5 of the 6 planets move in a coordinated rhythm, so that their orbits are in a consistent pattern with each other, which the team says indicates that no major collisions occurred when the system formed.
The researchers said that the exoplanets of the system called TOI-178, have become stuck in a kind of harmony in which the planets move in their orbits regularly with each other.
The researchers noted that the density of planets in this system is also extraordinary, with dense, rocky planets located close to the sun, followed by giants of lighter gas.
In the case of the TOI-178 system, a high-density planet such as Earth is located next to a very thin planet equivalent to half the density of Neptune, followed by a planet similar to Neptune.
According to the research team, this exceptional design and orbital symmetry challenges what we know about how planetary systems were formed.
Dr Adrian Lillo, an astrophysicist from the University of Geneva who led the team, said: “This system combined the fragile nature of the orbits of these closely-knit planets with the unprecedented mixture of planetary densities, which means that his study will be crucial to our understanding of the formation and evolution of planetary systems.”