No, researchers have not disproved the theory that the Earth and other planets are round. However, according to a new hypothesis, planets may have an oval shape with flattened edges at the beginning of their formation.

The current theory is that during nuclear accretion (the accumulation of dust and gas from the surrounding space through gravitational attraction) the particles come together evenly on all sides, forming a sphere. The researchers noted that this is true, but it is likely that this happened not at the very beginning of the planet’s formation, but later in the expansion process. First of all, planets attract dust and gas towards their poles.

One way or another, scientists aim to monitor young planets and study how they formed and how their shapes may change.

Source: Ferra

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