Planetary collisions are a topic that has dominated mainstream media, dedicated to scientific information, in recent weeks. The dance of the planets, like that recorded in our solar system, It can fail in your systems Gravity thus generating a collision of two worlds.
Could this happen in our solar system? In the near future, this seems impossible. But it actually happened in the past, according to scientific theories from experts in this field. But this happens in the rest of the stellar regions, to the point that a team of American researchers described the collision of two worlds.
A report published in the scientific journal Astrophysical Journal, in December 2007, highlights the first planetary collision seen from Earth. It was recorded about 300 light-years away, between two worlds orbiting a star in the constellation Aries.
Experts said it was a “mass extinction event” that would have wiped out any life that might have lived on those worlds.
“It’s as if Earth and Venus collided with each other,” said Benjamin Zuckerman, a professor of physics and astronomy at the university. University of California from Los Angeles and one of the study’s authors, according to the review RTVE.
“Astronomers haven’t seen anything like this yet,” Zuckerman says, noting that this type of planetary collision is what causes solar systems like the one we live in.
Could this happen in the future?
After publishing this data, scientists conducted new analyzes of our solar system and found that there is a very small chance of Earth impacting Venus or Mercury.
In any case, if such a collision occurs, it will be “sometime in the next billion years or more,” experts said.