Solar system 'bounce' may send comets our way

2019-02-26 01:11:09

By Ker Than OUR solar system has a bounce in its step, which may regularly send streams of comets hurtling into the Earth’s neighbourhood. The solar system orbits the Milky Way’s centre, but it does not travel exactly on the galactic plane. As a result, the gravity of the plane pulls the solar system towards it, through it, and back again at regular intervals – we pass through the plane every 35 to 40 million years. William Napier and Janaki Wickramasinghe at Cardiff University, UK,