A mysterious 1.6-mile object was discovered at the very edge of our solar system – and could provide important clues to the formation of our planet.
It was predicted that huge bodies would exist similar to 70 years ago, but were never discovered in our telescopes until a blip was discovered in front of a star.
The researchers believe that they represent an important step in the distant planet formation process between small initial merges of dust and ice and the planets that we see today.
The object was seen in the Edgeworth Kuiper Belt, a cluster of rocks and dwarf planets out of Neptune's orbit.
The dark and lonely belt is preserved as in the formation of the solar system, largely untouched by solar radiation, asteroids and gravity.
Researcher of the OASEN (Organized Autotelescopes for Serendipitous Event-Survey) team placed two small (28 cm) telescopes on the roof of the Miyako open-air school on Miyako Island, Miyakojima-shi , Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, and observed a total of about 2,000 stars for a total of 60 hours.
Analyzing the data, the team found a consistent event a star that seemed to dim like a big Edgewor. The Kuiper Belt object went before it.
This discovery suggests that Edgeworth Kuiper Belt objects are more numerous than previously thought – and this could mean that this is a key step in the evolution of planets.
Ko Arimatsu explains: "This is a real win for small projects, our team had less than 0.3% of the budget of major international projects, we did not even have enough money to build a second dome to our second Protecting Telescope!
Yet we managed to make a discovery that is impossible for the big projects, and once we know our system is working, we will examine the Edgeworth Kuiper Belt more closely In addition, we are targeting the still undiscovered Oort Cloud. "
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