Bombardment by Asteroids and Comets in Another Planetary System Predicted by Astronomers

Asteroid Bombardment

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The planetary system around star HR8799 is incredibly comparable to our Solar System. A research study group led by astronomers from the University of Groningen and SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research has actually utilized this resemblance to design the shipment of products by asteroids, comets and other small bodies within the system. Their simulation reveals that the 4 gas worlds get product provided by small bodies, similar to in our Solar System. The outcomes were released by the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics on May 29, 2020.

Counting outwards from the Sun, our Solar System includes 4 rocky worlds, an asteroid belt, 4 gas giants, and another asteroid belt. The inner worlds are abundant in refractory products such as metals and silicates, the external worlds are abundant in volatiles such as water and methane. While forming, the inner worlds had a difficult time gathering an unstable environment since the strong solar wind kept blowing the gas away. At the very same time, the heat from the Sun vaporized any ice clumps, so it was more difficult to maintain water. In the external areas, there was less solar heat and wind, so the ultimate gas giants might gather water ice and likewise collect big environments filled with volatiles.

Astronomers Predict Bombardment

Astronomers forecast barrage from asteroids and comets in another planetary system. Credit: Anastasia Kruchevska


Minor bodies, consisting of asteroids, comets and dust, fine-tuned this result in the future by providing refractories from the inner belt and both volatiles and refractories from the external belt. A research study group led by astronomers from the University of Groningen and SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research questioned if the very same shipment system uses to planetary systems around other stars. They developed a simulation for the system around HR8799, which resembles our Solar System with 4 gas giants plus an inner and external belt, and perhaps rocky worlds inside the inner belt. Therefore the group might take some unknowns about HR8799 from our own Solar System.

Terrestrial worlds

The simulation reveals that similar to in our Solar System, the 4 gas worlds get product provided by small bodies. The group forecasts an overall shipment of both product kinds of around half a millionth of the worlds’ masses. Future observations, for instance by NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, will have the ability to determine the quantity of refractories in the volatile-rich gas giants. ‘If telescopes detect the predicted amount of refractories, it means that these can be explained by delivery from the belts as shown in the model’, describes Kateryna Frantseva, very first author of the paper. ‘However, if they detect more refractories than predicted, the delivery process is more active than was assumed in the model, for example, because HR8799 is much younger than the Solar System. The HR8799 system may contain terrestrial planets, for which volatile delivery from the asteroid belts may be of astrobiological relevance.’

Reference: “Enrichment of the HR 8799 planets by minor bodies and dust ” by K. Frantseva, M. Mueller, P. Pokorný, F. F.S. van der Tak and I. L. 10 Kate, 29 May 2020, Astronomy & Astrophysics.
DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201936783

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