Will the Earth de-orbit from the solar system? An aerospace engineer shares his explanation
Will the Earth de-orbit from the solar system? This is one of the things that can end the life of the planet.
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Over the past few years, many people have speculated that the Earth may be drifting off its correct orbital path. However, many experts have dismissed this idea.
But, the book by Liu Cixin, a science fiction writer, explained why the planet could propel itself out of the solar system.
In his book titled “The Wandering EarthCixin said world leaders would make efforts to deorbit the Earth to avoid a dangerous solar flare.
Matteo Ceriotti, an aerospace engineer at Gaslow University, said that’s unlikely to happen.
Will the Earth de-orbit from the solar system?
According Espace.ComIn his latest report, Ceriotti said that while it’s unlikely to happen, there’s still a chance Earth could de-orbit from the solar system.
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He even provided a theory for how the planet can stray from its orbital path.
“Earth could be pulled out of orbit by the action of a massive interstellar object, flying through interstellar space and entering the solar system and passing close to Earth,” the systems engineering professor said. spatial.
He added that Earth and the giant space body may have a close encounter called a “flyby.”
During this event, it is possible that the plant and the interstellar object exchange momentum and energy.
After that, Earth’s orbit will likely be disrupted. Of course, this remains a theory as there is no solid evidence that it can happen.
Possible things to affect Earth’s orbit
The National Air and Space Museum explained that various factors could affect Earth’s orbit. One of them is the weakening of the sun’s gravity.
As of this writing, all of the planets in the solar system orbit the sun. But, like other stars, experts said the sun could slowly decrease in mass, weakening its gravitational pull.
Apart from this, a large object, such as an asteroid, can also cause Earth to deorbit. If the speed and force implemented by the celestial body during the impact are sufficient, it can move the Earth away from its original orbital path.
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