January 21, 2022

Beyond Going Long

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The metallic planet orbits its star every 7.7 hours

GJ 367b offers scientists a way to study how worlds near stars form. The leading theory on how to create a place like Mercury is that at the beginning of the history of the solar system, a rocky planet similar to Earth was created near the sun. This unit was later crushed by massive space rocks that tore the worlds apart of its crust and mantle. This means that Mercury is basically the massive core of the planet Sit near the hot sun.

Dr. said. Valencia. Precipitation will break the outer layers of elemental mercury, but the substance will not move far. Rocks and minerals trapped in the Sun’s gravity remain close to orbit and eventually return to the surface of the object.

Dr. says. Valencia said.

“We need to think about how to make ultra-mercury reliably, if not sporadically,” she said.

One possibility is that models for planet formation are still somewhat incomplete. An element as dense as iron may have approached the star during its younger days, says Dr. Valencia said. So far, he said, this idea is just speculation, although a scientist like GJ 367b could begin to push scientists in that direction.

The team that has already discovered the minor planets is planning further observations of the system. They would also like to use a huge telescope to capture the light from GJ 367b, which could reveal whether it has an atmosphere or if its surface is really molten.