Dust is a severe problem in households, but there is dust in space too, and it is usually found in the rings from the inner of our solar system.
According to NASA’s space observations, there are dust rings around the Sun that gather due to its gravity. Dust rings were also discovered around Mercury’s orbit and Venus’s orbit, considered to be asteroids that orbit these planets.
“People thought that Mercury, unlike Earth or Venus, is too small and too close to the Sun to capture a dust ring. They expected that the solar wind and magnetic forces from the Sun would blow any excess dust at Mercury’s orbit away,” said Guillermo Stenborg, a solar Scientists at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC.
According to Marc Kuchner, a co-author of the Venus study and an astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, “it’s not every day you get to discover something new in the inner solar system. That is right in our neighborhood.”
NASA spotted dust rings at the orbits of Mercury and Venus
Until now, there is no evidence that between Earth and the Sun would be a dust-free space, but that is mainly because it is hard to view that from Earth. With the help of STEREO satellite that was launched in 2006, scientists managed to separate the coming from the sun’s atmosphere and the light reflected off the dust, which is 100 times brighter.
Unlike the Earth’s dust rings that come from the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, Venus’s dust rings formed from never-before-detected asteroids that orbit the planet, and it is much larger than Mercury’s dust ring.
“I think the most exciting thing about this result is it suggests a new population of asteroids that probably holds clues to how the solar system formed,” Kuchner said.
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