NASA just found a Solar system just like our solar system with 8 planets and the new solar system is named as Kepler 90. It is special because this is the first time that a faraway Star has been found having the same number of planets as our solar system has – there could be an earth too, who knows.
The Kepler space telescope and artificial intelligence together, found out a distant star located far-far-away from us, having the same number of planets orbiting around it as they are around the Sun. Named after the telescope as Kepler 90, the newly-found eight-planet system is some 2,545 light-years away from us. Fun fact, there are not many stars with more than even on planet orbiting around them – I mean, we haven’t found many such stars yet. And only a handful of star systems have more than one planet, so with eight worlds, our solar system has long scored the prize for the biggest line-up of planets. Until Kepler 90 was discovered.
For the first time, NASA has discovered a star system that has eight planets, orbiting around Kepler 90 in a distant planetary system. But discovering such systems isn’t easy because Kepler is gazing out there into the space since 2009 and has brought down data of over 1,50,000 stars. So manually fishing from this massive database is almost impossible – hence artificial intelligence. As per astronomers, the Kepler 90 star system is a mini version of our solar system with smaller planets inside and bigger ones on the outer orbits – but everything is scrunched down much closer than what it is in solar system. We must say that Kepler-90 is much organised in ordering its planets, unlike our Sun – see how all planets are arranged as per their size – unlike our solar system.
If the star system is like our solar system, well, then there must be a planet like Earth too, right? Yeah, so there is one and it is called Kepler-90i. It is called to be ‘like Earth’ because the planet is rocky, just like earth is. But the problem is that Kepler-90i orbits its star just once in every 14.4 days which means a full year there is equal to two weeks on Earth. Since the star system is all scrunched up, the planets are much closer to the star – hence, the average temperature on Kepler-90i is about 426 degrees Celsius. It is certainly not a place I would like to go, what about you? Oh and just so it is clear, any of the Kepler 90 planets are not exoplanets – hence there is no possibility of life, or any alien habitation so have no false hopes. Does Kelper 90 still count as our solar system’s twin?