Multi-institutional researchers in Japan used the world's most powerful astronomical supercomputer to simulate a planet moving away from its initial formation site, adding credibility to a theory about missing planets in ring formation.
The National Astronomical Observatory of Japan's ATERUI II system generated the simulation, from which the researchers identified three distinct phases of planetary migration affecting rings of gas and dust in the protoplanetary disks of young stars.
The results offer clues as to why planets are rarely observed near the outer rings, and the phases within the models correspond with patterns seen in actual rings.
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