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The Early Solar System Was Divided by an Enigmatic Gap in Outer Space

By: April Carson

A "gap" in outer space that was present during the early Solar System has been discovered by researchers. It was shown to separate the planetary system into two parts: inner and outer. The gap, according to scientists, should not have permitted materials on either side of it to interact with one another.

The inexplicable void in the early Solar System, and how it affected planet formation

A so-called protoplanetary disk is generally thought to have existed in the early history of the solar system. It was made up of dust and gas, and it surrounded the young Sun. The disc's particles later became the raw materials for planet formation.

Yet there is no consensus among researchers as to why this thin disk of gas and dust quickly changed into two thin disks, each with its own path. One path contained the terrestrial planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars) while the other contained the giant planets (Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune).

The conventional explanation for the formation of the giant planets is that they grew rapidly by swallowing all the gaseous and dusty material in their paths. However, this process would have left behind a disk containing only rocky and metallic particles (the terrestrial planets).

In a recent research, astronomers decided to investigate how planet formation occurred. To complete the task, they utilized the most appropriate study material - Earth's oldest meteorites. An unexpected discovery was made when the samples were examined.

A mysterious hole in the early Solar System

According to the findings, there was a 4.567-billion-year-old void in the protoplanetary disk. It separated the solar system in two and was positioned near where the asteroid belt is now. The scientists believe a process similar to the one that shaped the asteroid belt was responsible for creating this gap.

If it really existed, no one knows exactly why the void took shape. One possible explanation is "shepherd" moons - gravitational objects many times smaller than Earth but still able to keep asteroids in orbit around the Sun - may have played an important role.

What caused it?

The existence of this gaping void, however, is a mystery for scientists. According to one of the theories put forward by the authors of the research, it might have been caused by Jupiter's extremely powerful gravitational pull as a newborn planet. Or a collision with a massive object, such as a dwarf planet.

Another possibility is that the proto-planetary disk was influenced by the presence of another young star in its vicinity. According to one of our current theories, stars are formed by the gravitational collapse of interstellar gas and dust with most existing between several light years from each other.

When the gas giant cooled, its tremendous gravitational pull could hurl gases and dust outwards of the solar system, according to scientists. As a result, an "opening" was formed

between the sun's inner and outer regions.

The cosmic winds, according to this theory, originated from the disk's surface and were carried by the wind. However, the scientists also proposed a different idea. It is linked to cosmic winds, which are said to have escaped from the disk's surface. This concept is based on the notion that all early planet systems are governed by strong magnetic fields.

The energy of the former, according to calculations, could be strong enough to burst space debris from a section of the disk. This “blowing” over time resulted in the formation of a gap.

Was the mysterious gap actually beneficial to the development of the Solar System?

Regardless of its origins, the discovered void in the early solar system most likely served as a cosmic barrier. It did not allow materials on either side to interact with one another. As a result, the lack of contact between these things allowed us to recognize the planets of our solar system today.

It was once thought that the planets in our solar system were formed from a massive rotating cloud of gas and dust. However, there are some mysterious gaps between different parts of this massive disk, which could only have been formed through one of two scenarios: either by strong magnetic fields or by a gravitational vortex case.

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About the Blogger:

April Carson is the daughter of Billy Carson. She received her bachelor's degree in Social Sciences from Jacksonville University, where she was also on the Women's Basketball team. She now has a successful clothing company that specializes in organic baby clothes and other items. Take a look at their most popular fall fashions on

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