February 22, 2024

Scientists have found a nearby six-planet system with a rhythmic orbit around its star that can be compared to dancing and set to music, a study published in the academic journal Nature revealed. This type of gravitational formation, known as resonance, is rare, and the planets are believed to have been engaged in this cosmic waltz since they were first formed billions of years ago. The planets orbit the star HD110067, which is similar to the Sun and located around 100 light years away in the Coma Berenices constellation. The planets were detected using data from NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) and the European Space Agency’s (ESA) CHaracterising ExOPlanet Satellite (CHEOPS). The exoplanets, classified as sub-Neptunes, are significant because they could provide clues about their formation and the mysteries of sub-Neptunes. The planets are in sync with each other due to their gravitational pulls, creating a cosmic dance that has lasted for over four billion years. This discovery could help scientists understand how sub-Neptunes form and evolve and if they have the right conditions to support liquid water on their surfaces. Further studies and tools such as NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope are needed to study the atmospheric gas and composition of the planets.