A group of scientists have discovered a planet, whose mass is identical to Jupiter, and it is orbiting a Sun-like star as closely as Jupiter.
Now, the latest theories suggest that, our solar system was brilliantly arranged in this manner due to the presence of Jupiter and the gravitational influence it has employed on the solar system while it was forming.
”Finding a twin of Jupiter is an important milestone on the road to finding a planetary system that mirrors our own.” claimed scientists.
The planet’s host, the solar clone now known as HIP 11915, is not just about the same mass as the Sun but is also approximately the same age. To further strengthen the analogy, the configuration of the star is spotted to be similar to our Sun.
“The quest for an Earth 2.0 and a complete solar system 2.0 is one of the most exciting endeavours in astronomy. We are thrilled to be part of this cutting-edge research,” said Jorge Melendez, the lead researcher from the Universidad de Sao Paulo, Brazil.
“This discovery is a sign that other solar systems may be out there waiting to be discovered,” furthered Megan Bedell from University of Chicago in a paper that appeared in the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics.
This discovery was possible because of using ‘High Accuracy Radial Velocity Planet Searcher’ (HARPS), which is one of the world’s most meticulous planet-hunting tools at the La Silla Observatory in Chile.
Inspite of the fact that, various planets similar to Jupiter have been discovered earlier, but this new planet discovery is the most precise cognate yet discovered for Jupiter and sun.
“HIP 11915 is the most promising candidate so far to host a planetary system similar to our own,” researchers admitted.