Researchers Found Star ‘RZ Piscium’ Eating Its Offspring Planets


RZ Piscium, a star appears like the sun which is about 550 light years away from the earth, is found to be slowly consuming its own planetary offspring with crushing some of the planets lying in its orbit in to huge cloud masses of dusts and gas, according to the new findings discovered by the team of researchers.

Discovery of star RZ Piscium situated in the Pisces constellation is an ‘unquenchable eater of the world’ has been released in The Astronomical Journal.

Temperature of this insatiable star is examined as nearly 5330 degrees Celsius, which is just a bit cooler than that of the Sun, say researchers.  The findings also have shown that RZ Piscium could be comparatively young.

Catherine Pilachowski, a co-author of the findings and also an astronomer from the Indiana University in the United States, said in a statement that, “This discovery really gives us a rare and beautiful glimpse into what happens to many newly formed planets that don’t survive the early dynamical chaos of young solar systems.”

The discovery may come up with the new evidences of volatile and brief period in the history of number of solar systems including the earth. Pilachowski added that, “We know it’s not uncommon for planets to migrate inward in young solar systems since we’ve found so many solar systems with ‘hot Jupiters’ — gaseous planets similar in size to Jupiter but orbiting very close to their stars.”

The team also discovered the gravitational strength around the surface of RZ Piscium and their observations have played a crucial role exploring the mystery of brightness and radius of this massive star. Both of the evidences point towards the young star in the center of a coasting solar system with unsteady planets. Pilachowski says about RZ Piscium that, “Based on our observations, it seems either that we’re seeing a fairly massive, gaseous planet being pulled apart by the star, or perhaps two gas-rich planets that have collided and been torn apart.”