Divided inner and outer regions of the solar system decided the makeup of the planet: MIT study
In a new revelation, astronomers have now claimed that our solar system was divided into inner and outer regions long before it was formed 4.5 billion years ago. A Daily Mail report suggested the study was conducted by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), who claimed the “cosmic frontier” existed when the solar system was in its dormant phase. However, the reason for this possible gap between the two regions remains to be determined.
Yesterday’s division is today’s asteroid belt
Published in the journal Scientists progress, the study said that the gap we are aware of today has widened to form the asteroid belt, the region between Mars and Jupiter that separates the first four planets from the last four. Experts reportedly determined these results by analyzing ancient meteorites that once fell from outer space to Earth.
Currently, the planet Mars is separated from Jupiter by a distance of 550 million kilometers, but the study suggests that this distance could have been smaller in the past although they could not determine the exact size of the ” cosmic limit ”. In the beginning, our solar system was just a swirling mass of gas and dust, which later gave birth to the planets and the sun.
Why is this important?
Speaking about the results of the study, lead author Cauê Borlina revealed that this separation of the two regions may have been responsible for the makeup of the planets in the solar system, according to the Daily Mail. He explained that gas and dust in the inner region gave birth to terrestrial planets like Earth and Mars while dust and gas in the outer regions produced gas giants such as Jupiter and Saturn and more planets. icy like Uranus and Neptune.
He further stated that moving from one region to another requires a lot of external torque and momentum, which is why the formation of the planets was limited to a certain point in the solar system. Although the reason for this discovery is unknown, experts believe that Jupiter and its strong gravity may have had an influence by leaving a vacuum. Another explanation, scientists say, could relate to winds emerging from planets with a strong magnetic field. It is believed that when magnetic fields interact with a rotating disk of gas and dust, they can produce powerful winds that blow materials and leave space.