Scientists reveal first-ever photo of a solar system like ours

Scientists reveal first-ever photo of a solar system like ours

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Scientists have got the first ever direct picture of a new solar system that looks similar to our own.

This new picture shows two large exoplanets orbiting one young, star (like the sun), at a distance of around 300 light years.

The image was captured using the Very Large Telescope of European Southern Observatory located in the Atacama Desert in China. As per a new research, the solar system will aid the astronauts in better understanding the formation and evolution of our own solar system.

The star, called TYC 8998-760-1, is just 17mn years old. The researchers call the star, which is situated in Southern constellation of Musca, as a young version of the sun. The sun, comparatively, is around 4.6bn years old.

Meanwhile, both the exoplanets known as TYC 8998-760-1c and TYC 8998-760-1b, are believed to be comprising mainly of gases such as hydrogen and helium. However, these planets are located at a much further distance from the host star in contrast to Saturn and Jupiter. Besides, they are also suspected to be much heavier in contrast to gas giants present in our system.

The picture reveals the two exoplanets, which appear like two shiny light points, orbiting their host star.

The research appears in the Astrophysical Journal Letters.

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