Discovering planets dancing in space


Discovering planets dancing in space

Researchers have spotted a bewildering group of 6 exoplanets moving in a rhythmic dance as they orbit around their star in a system 200 light-years from Earth.

According to what was reported by the British newspaper “Daily Mail”, “The researchers used the European Space Agency CHEOPS space telescope to detect the unusual formation and could shed light on how stellar systems were formed.”

Astronomers at the University of St. Andrews found that 5 of the six planets are locked in a harmonic rhythm, as their orbits coincide in a constant pattern with each other, which the team says does not indicate that major collisions occurred when the system was first formed.

The exoplanets of the TOI-178 system “ring” the latest kind of harmony as the orbital periods of the planets attract each other.

Some regularly, and the density of planets in the system is extraordinary – in the Solar System, dense, rocky planets are closer to the Sun, followed by giants of lighter gas.

And there is a dense, Earth-like planet next to an extremely thin planet at half the density of Neptune – followed by a planet similar to Neptune, with its unusual design and orbital resonance “challenging what we know about how planetary systems formed,” according to the team behind the discovery.

A planetary system can form an echo – a kind of harmony between the orbits and the gravity of the planets within that system.


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