The Super Earths
01- K-11
02- Migrating Worlds
03- Gliese 581
04- Goldilocks
05- 51 Pegasi
06- Doppler Effect
07- Rhythmic Shift
08- Eccentric Giants
09- Transitters
10- Mu Arae
11- Intermediate World
12- Worlds Observed
13- Extra Solar Earths
14- Migrant Worlds
15- Accretion
16- Core Accretion
17- Disk Erosion
18- Planetary Embryos
19- The Protected Zone
20- Ecosphere
21- Ecosphere II
22- Beta Pictoris
23- Vanquishing Starlight
24- Red Edge / Earth Shine
25- Distant Continents
26- The Age of Stars

22 - Beta Pictoris



As an example of changes and signs of planetary activity within a stars disk, Beta Pictoris is a young star that shows signs of such planet formation.

The observations on the right, taken in the mid-infrared, reveal a higher concentration of fine particles of dust, rock and ice in one region of the disk. The debris has given the disk around the star a lopsided appearance. This suggests a collision between large bodies of rock and ice.

This particular crash is thought to be of equivalent size to the incident that many believe occurred to this Earth and created the moon.

Given the amount of material within the dusk and the fact that Beta Pictoris is a young star, and in relation to the alternative concept of this website, I think the collision may also be the birth of a Roaster, an early bloated gas giant, which will begin to carve away and refine the disk, thus starting to clear that system's ecosphere.

( It is widely believed that a Mars sized body ran into what would become the Earth, and the moon was formed from the resulting debris, but this idea is also built on the acceptance of Accretion as the main planet forming process. To see the role that this collision plays in the proposed life cycle of an Earth on this website, see ‘Shield Re-Assembly’ through to ‘Object in the Interior’ and ‘Mercury’, in ‘The Visible Earths’ section )

  Alan Lambert 2011