Skip to comments.A star disturbed the comets of the solar system 70,000 years ago
Posted on 03/20/2018 8:40:10 PM PDT by BenLurkin
Scholz's star -- named after the German astronomer who discovered it -- approached less than a light-year from the Sun. Nowadays it is almost 20 light-years away, but 70,000 years ago it entered the Oort cloud, a reservoir of trans-Neptunian objects located at the confines of the solar system.
Now two astronomers from the Complutense University of Madrid, the brothers Carlos and Raúl de la Fuente Marcos, together with the researcher Sverre J. Aarseth of the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom), have analyzed for the first time the nearly 340 objects of the solar system with hyperbolic orbits (very open V-shaped, not the typical elliptical), and in doing so they have detected that the trajectory of some of them is influenced by the passage of Scholz´s star.
"In principle," he adds, "one would expect those positions to be evenly distributed in the sky, particularly if these objects come from the Oort cloud; however, what we find is very different: a statistically significant accumulation of radiants. The pronounced over-density appears projected in the direction of the constellation of Gemini, which fits the close encounter with Scholz´s star."
Scholz´s star is actually a binary system formed by a small red dwarf, with about 9% of the mass of the Sun, around which a much less bright and smaller brown dwarf orbits. It is likely that our ancestors saw its faint reddish light in the nights of prehistory.
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Close Call! ‘Scholz’s Star’ Grazed Our Solar System 70,000 Years Ago
By Nola Taylor Redd, Space.com Contributor | February 19, 2015 03:25pm ET
Not my fault!
)bama disturbed the Constitutional System much more recently.
One of those star-trek alien man-chicks?
Other articles have talked about a star grazing that interacted with Kuiper belt objects, causing their weird groupings, the “ninth” or “x” planet.
I heard it might have been in search of a really good cup of coffee. ;)
“Good” and my coffee are..at odds I am told.
It might have been fleeing.
That cup of black tar kept me awake more then one night when I was working the graveyard shift.
And gave me curly eyelashes.
Nonsense. Why are doing SunkinCiv’s dirty work?
Isn’t that about the same time frame as the meteor crater impact in Arizona. Just wondering if this might be related to that.
Sadly, I’m immune to that horrible death sludge.
Alien intelligences woukd likely consider it an act of war if we launched some into orbit.
Oh, that Schulz Star - NGC IKnowNothing
The other star could have been Elvis. After all, he did sing “Flaming Star”.
You think the MSM hysteria is bad with global warming? Imagine how unhinged the MSM coverage would be if there was another star system on an intercept course with our own. And this star was going to basically plow thru the Orr cloud knocking various planetoids about like a wild billiard shot.
"Just bad luck!"
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