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Parallel Solar System Discovered


Science & Tech  (tags: discovery, astronomy, nasa, space, science )

Michael
- 720 days ago - cbc.ca
Researchers have detected a solar system 10,000 light years away that is very much like our own, with planets that have aligned orbits close to a parent star.



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Michael O. (170)
Thursday August 2, 2012, 8:53 pm
Scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of California at Santa Cruz discovered the faraway system by examining data from NASA's Kepler space telescope.

The centre of this mirror system is a massive, bright star named Kepler-30, which operates much like our sun.

"In our solar system, the trajectory of the planets is parallel to the rotation of the sun," said Roberto Sanchis-Ojeda, a physics graduate student at MIT who lead the research team.

"In this system, the same thing happens."

The findings were published Tuesday in the journal Nature and may help shed light on our own solar system.

Researchers believe the Kepler-30 is a very young star and rotates once every 16 days or so. There are three planets that orbit it: one every 29 days, another every 60 days and the third every 143 days.

"It's telling me that the solar system isn't some fluke," said Josh Winn, who co-authored the report and is an associate professor of physics at MIT.

"The fact that the sun’s rotation is lined up with the planet's orbits, that's probably not some freak coincidence."

The Kepler-30 system is only the second one, other than our own solar system, that has aligned orbits. Previous to its discovery, scientists were stuck analyzing solar systems that had off-kilter orbits — many of these planets, dubbed “hot Jupiters," orbited close to their parent star.

It's believed these white-hot stars may have been whacked awry in the early volatile period of a planetary system's formation.

However, scientists needed to find another solar system similar to ours to prove that point.

Studying planetary orbits may provide more comprehension on how life evolved in the universe since a planet needs to be in stable orbit in order to have a stable climate to support life.

"We've been hungry for one like this," said James Lloyd, assistant professor of astronomy at Cornell University, who looked at the study.

 

Alexandra Rodda (176)
Thursday August 2, 2012, 11:27 pm
Very interesting. Unfortunately 10000 light years is a bit too far for me to check it out!
Interesting that aligned planetary systems appear to be so much in the minority.
 

Roger M. (0)
Thursday August 2, 2012, 11:29 pm
A very interesting post. Thanks for it.
 

Roger Garin-michaud (61)
Friday August 3, 2012, 2:30 pm
noted thanks !
 

John B. (215)
Friday August 3, 2012, 4:34 pm
Thanks Michael for posting the article, an amazing and important find. Hats off to the MIT and the University of California at Santa Cruz scientists. Read and noted.
 

Robert B. (57)
Friday August 3, 2012, 5:46 pm
And to think there are billions of solar systems out there.
 

Robert O. (12)
Friday August 3, 2012, 5:47 pm
Fascinating! Thank you Michael.
 

JL A. (272)
Friday August 3, 2012, 6:10 pm
that's really nifty--makes you realize how much trust you should put in scientific research
 

BarbKnight SunshineLady (1634)
Friday August 3, 2012, 7:32 pm
Wow! Calabunga, Dude! Awesome! Thank you so much for posting, Michael!
 

Patricia N. (8)
Friday August 3, 2012, 9:14 pm
If there's life like ours there I hope they have learned to live with each other with compassion, love and sharing......unlike this planet so far.
 

Bianca D. (85)
Friday August 3, 2012, 10:51 pm
Great post Michael. Interesting that there are so few systems where the planets' orbits are parallel to their sun. I wonder why that is?
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Saturday August 4, 2012, 5:17 am
Thank you.
 

Kay M. (354)
Saturday August 4, 2012, 8:34 am
interesting.
 

Alicia v. (181)
Saturday August 4, 2012, 1:30 pm
Thanks for the article, very interesting.
 

Gloria H. (88)
Saturday August 4, 2012, 3:49 pm
yeah, that's where my missing sox are!
 

Debra Van Way (12)
Saturday August 4, 2012, 3:59 pm
Perhaps unlike our planet, there is intelligent life carefully keeping a balance with nature and appreciating the beauty they have.
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Saturday August 4, 2012, 5:16 pm
Noted. Thanks for posting, Michael. This is just fascinating! Science Channel has a great series called, "Through the Wormhole" that is very interesting and a great "companion" of information like this.
 

Gary A L. (132)
Saturday August 4, 2012, 9:13 pm
as we progress in our science and instramentation Im sure we will discover many more thing of interest right now we are really one step above the primordial ooze
 

Aurea Walker (185)
Saturday August 4, 2012, 9:34 pm
Awesome article, thank you.
 

Robert Garvin (46)
Saturday August 4, 2012, 10:21 pm
With there being billions of galaxies out there, what gives us the idea that we alone are the only inhabited galaxy. From my memory, in the book of Job it mentions that there were the "Sons of God" that came together for a conference and one satan went there representing this world.
I have enjoyed seeing and reading Science fiction. In 1948 we had Dick Tracy using his wrist watch type communication device and later a video one as well. These things have now come to pass and are old hat. We talk on our iPhones and can see each other on skype as we talk. My thoughts are that there definitely IS other life on other planets throughout the universe and for the one who was hoping that they might be smart enough to live together without destroying each other and their planet, Your wishes are both correct and factual. Sin is bound to this world only. Just one blot in a perfect universe, but one which is the very centre of the greatest battle in the universe between good and evil.
 

Robert Hardy (67)
Saturday August 4, 2012, 10:42 pm
My next vacation I think.
 

Catherine G. (13)
Sunday August 5, 2012, 12:40 am
Great article, interesting and clearly written. Thanks for posting
 

Phillipa W. (199)
Sunday August 5, 2012, 6:12 am
thanks Micheal. I'll be following this
 

Dawn F. (3)
Sunday August 5, 2012, 6:23 am
Thank you!
 

Nelson Baker (0)
Sunday August 5, 2012, 12:48 pm
Thank you
 

Cliff Josephson (5)
Sunday August 5, 2012, 1:00 pm
According to the Great Calvin as told to Hobbes; "the surest sign that there is intelligent life in the Universe is that they havn't tried to contact us."
 

monka blanke (74)
Sunday August 5, 2012, 2:59 pm
great news and worth to find out more about it. Thanks Michael.
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Sunday August 5, 2012, 4:26 pm
Thanks Michael--great post.
 

Fred Krohn (34)
Sunday August 5, 2012, 4:49 pm
I wonder if our civilisation will live long enough to meet whoever lives over there in Kepler-30...
 

Tal H. (8)
Sunday August 5, 2012, 5:34 pm
thanks for the article!
 

Edgar Zuim (48)
Sunday August 5, 2012, 8:07 pm
Thank you. Certainly within a short time other systems will be discovered.
 

Marie W. (64)
Sunday August 5, 2012, 8:43 pm
No Intelligent life here
 

Giana Peranio-Paz (378)
Sunday August 5, 2012, 10:51 pm
Very interesting. We'll never know who resides there...
 

Peace Monger (185)
Monday August 6, 2012, 2:51 am
AH HA! Now I understand why I've always felt I am diagonally parked in a parallel solar system; I must have lost my way from my 'home'. :p
Thanks Michael!
 

John S. (297)
Monday August 6, 2012, 3:43 am
Interesting, thanks.
 

Dan(iel)) M. (24)
Monday August 6, 2012, 7:13 am
Noted ! Interesting article.
 

Sara Gustavsson (1)
Monday August 6, 2012, 8:21 am
thanks for sharing...
 

Azmi Timur (0)
Wednesday August 8, 2012, 11:45 pm
It's not very important unless water is avaible i liquid from on any of the planet in the stars orbit. Thanks for the news.
 

Sherri O. (256)
Friday August 10, 2012, 6:01 am
Great article. Thanks, Michael O.
 

Heather Rasm (5)
Sunday August 26, 2012, 12:51 pm
Very cool! Thanks for the post!
 

g d c. (0)
Saturday September 8, 2012, 11:26 am
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