May 22, 2018 | Updated: 09:54 AM EDT

Scientists Investigate Debris Disk In Near Planetary System 61 Virginis

May 13, 2017 11:48 AM EDT

The 61 Virginis planetary system is one of the interesting extra orbital systems. The team of international astronomers continued their investigation of the debris disks formed in the planetary system, using the data from ALMA observatory and JCMT.

The international team of astronomers was led by Sebastian Marino from the University of Cambridge. They have been working for more than a decade to analyze the 61 Virginis planetary system. Prior to the latest finding, the team published their report in May last year according to the University of Cambridge.

In the recent finding of the 61 Virginis planetary system, the team also analyzed the data from the telescopes in two observatories. Those telescopes are the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Santiago, Chile and the Submillimetre Common-User Bolometer Array 2 (SCUBA2) in the James Clerk Maxwell Telescope at Mauna Kea Observatory in Hawaii.

The latest data shows that debris disks have a high rate of occurrence in the planetary system that hosts some low mass planets. The 61 Virginis planetary system is a 4.6-billion-year-old main-sequence star, and its star is about the size of our sun with three planets orbiting the star. The 61 Virginis planetary system is located approximately 28 light years away.

Their research has given further information to understand the nature of planetary formation beyond our solar system. The astronomers have published their research on the 61 Virginis planetary system in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society(MNRAS).

The 61 Virginis planetary system is one of the extra-orbital systems which also registered in the NASA database of exoplanets. The debris disks formed in the 61 Virginis planetary system and other systems outside the solar system will provide an answer to the question of how the planetary system is formed and the event following its formation. Watch the explanation on the debris disks and the planetary system below:

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