Over the years, experts have come up with numerous hypotheses regarding how the Solar System actually came to be. The problem was, and still is, that they cannot seem to agree on one theory that could potentially be the real one. This is why a team of experts from the University of Chicago has decided to create a new model which might finally explain how all the mysteries of the solar system were born. According to their model and their research which the Astrophysical Journal recently published, our solar system might have appeared from bubbles.
The main theory regarding the birth of the solar system is that a huge supernova emitted substance in an interstellar dust cloud. However, this cloud failed to create the Sun and everything around it like planets and stars. The experts’ idea came from the high amount of isotope aluminum that a supernova explosion emanates.
The birth of the Solar System
However, it seems that measurements of meteorites have revealed that there is not as much isotope aluminum here as it is in other parts of the galaxy. According to Vikram Dwarkadas, who co-authored this recent research, it’s still a mystery why our Solar System has smaller amounts of isotope aluminum. Could it be because it formed in some kind of bubble that protected it?
The name of these enormous stars is Wolf-Rayet. They are the hottest ones in existence in the universe. Because of this, a special stellar wind is born which covers the star. Moreover, it also covers the elements it is forming, finally making some kind of protective bubble around it.
The bubble allows for gas and dust to be trapped inside. Because of this, the environment becomes perfect for the birth of new stars. This new research claims that the same thing might have happened with our solar system.
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