Jupiter Twin Discovered Orbiting Sun Like Star In Solar Twin

Posted: Jul 16 2015, 4:43am CDT | by , in Latest Science News


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Jupiter Twin Discovered Orbiting Sun Like Star in Solar Twin
An international group of astronomers has used the ESO 3.6-metre telescope to identify a planet just like Jupiter orbiting at the same distance from a Sun-like star, HIP 11915. Credit: ESO/M.Kornmesser
  • Another Jupiter Discovered Orbiting a Star like our Sun

Another Jupiter has been discovered and it is found to be orbiting a star like our sun yonder in the depths of outer space.

A bunch of astronomers have employed a special telescope to take images of a planet that resembles our own Jupiter. And the odd thing is that the star it is revolving around in an elliptical fashion also resembles our sun.

This is a coincidence that is almost of the Jungian variety known as the phenomenon of synchronicity. Jupiter-like planets play a fundamental part in the formation of systems that contain a number of planets like our solar system.

Jorge Melendez, of the Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil, the leader of the team and co-author of the paper said, “The quest for an Earth 2.0, and for a complete Solar System 2.0, is one of the most exciting endeavors in astronomy. We are thrilled to be part of this cutting-edge research, made possible by the observational facilities provided by ESO.”

The really intriguing possibility that has been opened up thanks to the this novel discovery is that this planet and star may have conditions that are very similar to our own in the solar system.

Mostly in planetary systems, the inner rocks close to the star are smaller while the outer ones are larger. Coincidentally, Jupiter made the existence of life on earth possible in our own system.

With this finding, the search for life in outer space has been quickened and re-doubled. A complex that resembles our own in fundamental ways is not too much for the imagination to take.

The team of scientists who spearheaded this study were from Brazil. They were engaged in other projects as well where planetary systems similar to our own are given much importance.

It is hoped that one day this pondering and star-gazing will bear fruit. The special telescope used to peer into the endlessly vast distances of the universe was called the ESO 3.6 Meter Telescope and it is the finest of its kind. And although many such Jupiter-like planets have been discovered, this one is unique in that it is almost a spitting image of the hugest planet in our solar system.

Megan Bedell, from the University of Chicago and lead author of the paper, concludes: “After two decades of hunting for exoplanets, we are finally beginning to see long-period gas giant planets similar to those in our own Solar System thanks to the long-term stability of planet hunting instruments like HARPS. This discovery is, in every respect, an exciting sign that other solar systems may be out there waiting to be discovered.”

While the star that this twin of Jupiter is orbiting is not similar in size to our sun, it is of the same age in terms of years. And furthermore its composition is pretty much like our burning ball of hydrogen and helium.

The basic search for a planet like one of ours and a star just like the sun is something that is so exciting that it breaks the shackles of the human ego and psyche. After a long and winding road, astronomy has put us, humans, face to face with a mirror image as far as our astronomical habitat is concerned. Let’s see what further developments will pan out in the future which arrives sooner than you think.

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