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Scientists surprised by a mirror image solar system only ten thousand light years away

A solar system similar to ours? Is there possibility of life elsewhere? Yes, it is true, astrophysicists have discovered a solar system identically arranged like our own, ten thousand light years away from the Earth. The planets are lined up and arranged similarly to the ones in our own solar system.The sun’s equator is arranged in a line with orbital planes of the planets.

Our solar system

Our solar system consists of 8 planets orbiting around the sun in the cosmic ocean. In our solar system the orbital planes of the planets and the Sun’s equator are nearly in a line form, this could be because a single spinning gaseous disk has led to their creation.

Kepler 30

Dr Roberto Sanchis-Ojeda and his contemporaries at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology investigated and established that most of the planetary systems of Kepler-30, the star system are akin to each other and look similar.

Kepler-30 has nearly the same dimensions of size and mass of the sun in our solar system. Kepler-30 is about 10,000 light years away from the Earth and its solar system has just three planets. The 3 planets are Kepler 30b; Kepler-30c and Kepler-30d.These 3 are much larger in dimensions than the Earth. Out of them two have an even larger size and mass than Jupiter.

One of the these planets is four times the size of the Earth and completes the journey around the star on its orbit in 29 days.The other two have a diameter 10 times that of the Earth and orbit around the star in 60 and 143 days in that order.The planets are lined up in aligned orbits just the same way as the planets are aligned in our solar system.

In our solar system the orbits are aligned to each other within a few degrees, the same is the case with the “similar” solar system. Our sun carries a few dark sunspots and Kepler 30 also has a gigantic dark star spot according to the analysts. The spot helped the researchers track the rotating pattern of the star. The star rotates roughly once every 16 days.

The scientists studied the constellation pattern over a period of 30 months and found out that the 3 planets pass regularly in front of the dark spot on Kepler-30 and in front of the star.

Prof Drake Deming of the University of Maryland claimed, ‘The researchers deduce all three transiting planets in this system orbit in the same plane, to within one angular degree of inclination. This very tight arrangement in Kepler-30 immediately brings to mind the closely aligned orbits of the solar system.’

NASA is at the moment busy trying to find out more stars in the galaxy.