Researchers have discovered a bizarre “super-planet” using radio observations for the first time, according to a new study.
Known as BDR J1750 + 3809 or Elegast, the “super-planet” is actually a brown dwarf, an astronomical object that is too cold and small to be a star. The discovery was made by researchers at the University of Hawaii, working closely with NASA instruments and low-frequency frequency (LOFAR) telescopes in Europe.
Study co-author Michael Liu said, “This work opens up a new way to find the coldest objects floating in the area around the sun, which would otherwise be inane with things used for the last 25 years . ” Statement.
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Brown dwarfs are typically harder to use than the methods that astronomers normally use to find other stars. Researchers said, however, that they were important in the discovery of light elegans in radio wavelengths.
Since they lack the mass to trigger hydrogen fusion, they cannot be considered stars. Looking at their gaseous atmosphere, brown dwarfs resemble Jupiter and Saturn, the gas giants of our solar system, they resemble stars themselves.
“We asked ourselves, ‘Why is our radio telescope indicated in the catalog brown dwarfs?” “Said the study’s lead author, Harish Vedantham.” Let’s just make a big image of the sky and find these objects directly in the radio. “
With the discovery of BDR J1750 + 3809, researchers hope that more brown dwarfs – the closest to exoplanets – can be discovered with radio telescopes.
The research has been published in the Astrophysical Journal Letters.
More than 4,500 exoplanets have been discovered so far, with only a small portion having the properties to encapsulate life.
In October, a separate group of researchers discovered 24 potentially “superhabitable” planets, which may have more favorable conditions for hosting life.
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