Researchers from the University of Chicago made the rare discovery of a planetary system with a host star similar to Earth’s sun accompanied by international team of scientists. The reason researchers took interest for investigating the so-called solar twins is their extreme similarity to the sun.
The star which is being studied these days by Bean and his colleagues named as HIP68468. The star is 300 light years away, as a multi-year project to discover planets. The star contains more lithium than expected.
In 1995, Astronomers discovered the first planet orbiting a star other than the sun. Since the discovery, more than two thousand exoplanets have been identified.
A professor of astronomy at Yale University, Debra Fischer who was involved in the research said that computer simulations show that billions of years from now, the accumulated gravitational tugs and pulls between planets will eventually cause Mercury to fall into the sun.
Even in 2015 the researchers at La Silla Observatory discovered its first exoplanet with the help of 3.6 metre telescope. Their orbits are close to their host star, with one 50% more massive than Neptune and located at a Venus-like distance from its star.
Why it is called a “planet-eating” star?