COSMOS MAGAZINE - We all learned about the solar system in school and, apart from one notable demotion of Pluto to the rank of dwarf planet in 2006, things are pretty straight forward in terms of the planets and their orbits.
But we still don’t understand everything about the solar system or how the planets formed.
One experiment at the University of California, Riverside (UCR) took an extreme approach to get to the bottom of the history of our family of planets. They made a new planet with a computer simulation.
The fabricated planet experiment aimed to address two notable gaps in our understanding of planetary science.