Earth’s brother discovered: tailless comet Manx holds the key to mysteries of earth’s evolution
Our Universe is full of surprises; some amazing some shocking and some fascinating beyond belief. The latest and most exciting discovery which has delighted scientists worldwide is of a tailless comet MANX. Comet Manx or C/2014/s3 as it is scientifically called is believed to be the long lost little brother of earth. It has existed in obscurity in what is considered as a cosmic backyard and could have well been formed during the formation of the universe but thrown out in the melee of planets jostling for a prime position around the sun.
The most unique factor about comet Manx is that it could well provide a deep and rich insight into the evolution of the universe and earth itself. Scientists feel that Manx consists of the same material that served as the foundation upon which the earth was formed.
1 Manx Is Unique From Other Asteroids and Meteors
There are many elements about comet Manx, which although not very big, sets it apart from all other comets in the cosmos. It does not have a tail as is the identifying feature of all other comets. Hence, its name after a species of tailless cats. What could be its most discerning factor is that its virgin composition has avoided being baked and fried by the heat of the sun and is in an amazingly well preserved state as if it remained in some cosmic freezer.
There are millions of asteroids floating around the universe. However all of these have been near cooked by the sun’s heat billions of years ago. Manx has been saved from such an inferno and as researchers believe was actually formed during the same time as earth and in the same locality too. Thus, its composition could well be similar to earth and this is what makes it so very significant both as a cosmic body and as a discovery today
2 Was Manx visiting long lost Brother Earth?/h2>
The research on the discovery of Manx was published last Friday in the journal Science Advances. The research stated that Manx was formed from rocky material similar to the earth. Somehow it was booted out of the solar system and remained in frozen obscurity escaping the heat of the sun. As a result it’s the first uncooked comet to be discovered.
Comets usually consist of ice and compounds which are frozen due to the formation in the icy cold zones of the solar system far from the influence of the sun. Manx on the other hand was formed at the same time as earth and near earth but somehow was catapulted by gravitational force away from the sun.
The comet was observed in 2014 by the Panoramic Survey telescope and rapid response system or Pan-STARRS as it approached the sun. C/2014/s3 has an estimated orbit of 860 years and may well have been visiting its elder brother earth.
3 Where Did Comet Manx Come From?
One may well ask the question where exactly Manx came from. Well scientists have the answer to that. Asteroids are formed in a region called the Oort cloud. This is a gigantic region surrounding the sun protecting trillions of icy bodies in what could be a protective bubble. Sometimes these bodies could escape from the region and then get baked by the sun which then converts them to an asteroid. Most of these icy bodies are believed to have been rejected and thrown out during the formation of the solar system and then exist in the icy limbo called Oort. This is where Manx could have been preserved all these years.
4 Comet Manx Holds the Answers to Cosmic Evolution
What’s important about the discovery of Manx is the fact that scientists believe there could be many more similar comets existing. Such discoveries could well provide answers to the present configuration of our solar system and the formation of earth.
According to a statement by Co-author of the paper, Olivier Hainaut, the astronomer at the douthern European Observatory in Germany “Depending how many we find, we will know whether the giant planets danced across the solar system when they were young, or if they grew up quietly without moving much.”
Who knows what else may be lurking out there?!