NASA's SOFIA Finds Solar System Similar To Ours

Posted: May 3 2017, 7:53am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

NASA's SOFIA Finds Solar System Similar to Ours
In the background can be seen another narrow asteroid or comet belt plus an outermost belt similar in size to our solar system's Kuiper Belt. The similarity of the structure of the Epsilon Eridani system to our solar system is remarkable, although Epsilon Eridani is much younger than our sun. SOFIA observations confirmed the existence of the asteroid belt adjacent to the orbit of the Jovian planet. Credits: NASA/SOFIA/Lynette Cook
  • Artist's illustration of the Epsilon Eridani system showing Epsilon Eridani b. In the right foreground, a Jupiter-mass planet is shown orbiting its parent star at the outside edge of an asteroid belt.

NASA’s SOFIA aircraft has validated a solar system like ours that is approximately ten light years away.

NASA’s SOFIA aircraft has had its astronomers on board use its telescope to record a view of a planetary system that is 10 light years away from our own.

The star is a promising one that may have alien life on some of the planets that surround it. Termed epsilon Eridani, the star looks to be similar in size and shape to our sun. However, it is a very young star. This view of this system may lend vital clues about our own solar system.

Data from both the SOFIA and the Spitzer telescopes were compiled to obtain some seriously interesting results regarding this star system. Epsilon Eridani is quite an ideal star that just might have conditions that harbor life on one or two of its surrounding planets.

The similarities of the evolution of this star system with the process that our own solar system went through are simply too many to ignore. The scientists took a gander at the inner and outer belts of debris and planetoids that this star system has in it.

Epsilon Eridani is a good model of the early stages of our own solar system. The way our earth acquired its atmosphere and oceans is quite interesting.

A peek at this star system may lend us crucial hints regarding how planets in this novel star system similar to our earth developed in their nascent phases.

The gaps between the planets and the disk surrounding the star really intrigued the scientists. A look at this star and its surrounding planetary system is a treat for any professional astronomer since it provides so many novel facts.

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