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Comet Collisions Every Six Seconds Explain 17-Year-Old Stellar Mystery

   Every six seconds, for millions of years, comets have been colliding with one another near a star in the constellation Cetus called 49 CETI, which is visible to the naked eye.

   During the stars birth and early years, the new stars are surrounded by a disc of gas and dust (aka protoplanetary disc) which tends to fully dissipate within the first ten million years of the stars life. Now because 49 CETI is an old star, the exuberant amount of gas and dust surrounding the star, didn’t add up.

The proposed explanation is that like the sun, 49 CETI is surrounded by a mysterious gas shapped region much like the Kupier Belt. It is further predicted that around hundreds of trillions of varying comets orbit 49 CETI and a nerby younger star.

   To take into account the amount of gas surrounding the 49 CETI there are comet collisions every six seconds for the last ten million years.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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