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Rocks Go Wild: How to Make a Solar System

16 Jun 2020, 16:00 UTC
Rocks Go Wild: How to Make a Solar System
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Title: Constraining the Formation of the Four Terrestrial Planets in the Solar System
Authors: Patryk Sofia Lykawka and Takashi Ito
First Author’s Institution: School of Interdisciplinary Social and Human Sciences, Kindai University, Japan
Status: Published in ApJ
Our solar system is really unique. As far as we can tell after our first ~decade of exoplanet hunting and planet formation observations and theory, it’s quite the special snowflake. In order to answer one of the biggest questions in astronomy — “How did the Earth form?” — we first need to ask how our solar system formed. Our moon, Jupiter and Saturn, the asteroid belt, and our Sun’s solar activity all provide hints as to how one can possibly form this incredibly habitable planet on which we live. Inspired by this, today’s bite answers the question: How did the terrestrial planets form? The authors argue that in order to fully understand the formation of ...

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