The catastrophe that could cause a change in Neptune's orbit

The catastrophe that could cause a change in Neptune’s orbit

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In a paper published in the journal “Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical SocietyScientists concluded that if a star were to happen to pass too close to our solar system, its gravitational pull could alter the orbit of the planet Neptune and cause irreparable damage to our neighboring planets.

Different simulations were carried out in which it was observed that a star would only need to move the orbit of Neptune three times the distance from the Sun to Earth to generate an imbalance in the entire system, starting with the smallest and closest to the Sun of the planets. , Mercury.

The closest point to the Sun of the first planet in the system moves 1.5 degrees every thousand years. Jupiter moves at a similar rate. If there were a coincidence between these two movements of planets, Mercury’s orbit would be altered or even the planet could be thrown out of the solar system.

Or worse, it could start moving toward Venus and toward our home Earth. However, this is unlikely since Mercury is too close to the Sun to be affected by the gravitational pull of a distant star. Neptune, being the last planet in the system, would be more susceptible.

A variation of 0.1% (equivalent to 4.5 million kilometers) would cause a domino effect of orbital alterations that could affect Mars and Earth in a matter of 20 million years, a fairly short time for the universe.

The research team responsible for the paper carried out 2,880 simulations. 960 resulted in orbital alterations too small to record. Of the other 1,920 models, 26 had catastrophic results, in which planets were thrown out of the system or collided with each other.

However, there is nothing to worry about yet, because the chances of a star passing close to our solar system are only 20 in the next hundred billion years.

The sky turned green in the United States

A most curious climatic event occurs in some sectors of the United States. More specifically the areas of the “Midwest” (Midwest) and the plains are suffering the passage of the “rights”. These are clusters of thunderstorms that can span hundreds of square miles and several states at once.

The states of Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, Illinois and South Dakota were the most affected. In some sectors the sky was dyed an impressive green color. In some places this phenomenon generated winds of up to 99 miles (160 kilometers) per hour. In addition, some neighbors reported the fall of hail that reached the size of tennis balls.

The furious storm caused structural damage in several regions of the country. Power poles and trees were toppled by the brutal winds. Tens of thousands of homes suffered outages due to the fall of cables and other infrastructure necessary for the electricity supply.

While this “right” hit the region, the victims were able to witness a radioactive green sky, almost phosphorescent. While this can occur during thunderstorms, such an intense color has never been recorded in the sky.

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