A few billion years ago, our solar system was formed when huge clusters of comets and asteroids crashed into each other creating the various planets orbiting the Sun. These cosmic events were the key to the creation of Earth and the start of everything for our small, humble planet. Astronomers call this cosmic event the Late Heavy Bombardment.
NASA astronomers believe that same event is happening to another budding solar system and have released n artist’s coneption illustrating the beauty of that chaos happening there right now…
The star in the middle of the chaos is called Eta Corvi and it is 59 light years away from Earth. Eta Corvi is 40 percent larger than our Sun and it’s much younger. Two solar debris bodies surround it. The outer body is a collection of comets crashing into each other in a random dance of destruction. When the comets collide, it breaks up into smaller pieces that make up the inner body. These comets will keep smashing into each other until cosmic dust is created making planets and moons orbiting around Eta Corvi.
NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has also picked up signatures of water ice, organic material and rock from the various collisions into a young rocky planet. They believe these elements are the foundation of life on Earth taking place 600 to 800 million years ago. The solar star Eta Corvi is roughly the same age.
We’ll have to wait and see if the events surrounding Eta Corvi are going to eventually turn into the same events that led to life on Earth. It would only take several million years to see the results. Can we wait that long?