There is a possibility that an alternative planet like our own earth is in the making in a star close to our solar system.
Researchers may have taken a pic or two of an alien earth. It is a disc-shaped planet that is still in its formative stages. Lying near a sun-like star termed TW Hydrae, this alien earth is at the exact distance from this star as our own earth is from the sun.
The novel images were captured via the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) which is located at a great height in Chile.
There have been previous studies done regarding this strangely familiar phenomenon. They were carried out through radio telescopes and optical devices. These assure us that this alien earth is forming various discs and other planets are in genesis around this area in space. The novel ALMA images show this region as a disc and it reveals the most intricate details.
Among these minutiae may be included many concentric, dusty, bright rings and dark spaces. Several interesting features suggest that a planet like our own earth is in formation in the area.
"Previous studies with optical and radio telescopes confirm that this star hosts a prominent disk with features that strongly suggest planets are beginning to coalesce," said Sean Andrews of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and lead author on a paper.
"The new ALMA images show the disk in unprecedented detail, revealing a series of concentric dusty bright rings and dark gaps, including intriguing features that suggest a planet with an Earth-like orbit is forming there."
The actual size of this new planet is a moot point. One cannot say with surety what its dimensions are. They could be equal to the earth’s dimensions or it could turn out to be superior in size to the earth. However, this new world will still be smaller than Neptune or Uranus. TW Hydrae coalesced into a star some 10 million years ago. The star lies 175 light years away from our own solar system.
Its protoplanetary disc is in a direction which directly faces the earth. It is a very famous target for astronomers who turn their telescopes towards it at the drop of a hat.
It is indeed a special star system. This alternative heavenly body may resemble our own solar system in the manner it used to be when it was just 10 million years old. ALMA is a series of radio dishes in the Chilean mountains.
"TW Hydrae is quite special. It is the nearest known protoplanetary disk to Earth and it may closely resemble our Solar System when it was only 10 million years old," co-author David Wilner, also with the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, said in a statement.
Images of the light being emitted from the small dust particles in the TW Hydrae have been collated on earth. They lend a scrutinizing view into this other-world. The deity does indeed lie in the details which have been forthcoming from these astronomical observational studies.
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This new study was published in the periodical bearing the title Astrophysical Journal Letters.