Sunday, December 13, 2015

Strange Object In Alpha Centauri Star System Baffles Astronomers

Astronomers after studying the data captured from the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) telescope in Chile, discovered a faint object in the Alpha Centauri star system, Astronomy.com reported.

Researchers after analyzing the data said that the newly discovered object can be a star. Astronomers in their research posted on arXiv detailed that the object is orbiting our own sun in the outer area of our solar system.

According to Forbes, it is for the second time that they have spotted an object in that particular region. One of the possibilities is that it could be an extreme trans-Neptunian object about 100 astronomical units (AU) away from the Sun.

“Another possibility (which seems more likely to the object's discoverers) is that it is about 300 AU away and about 1.5 times the size of Earth, making it the first 'super-earth' found in our solar system”, said Forbes contributor Brian Koberlein.

Experts said that a super-earth is a planet that has a mass somewhere between that of earth's and that of the gas giants in our solar system, i.e. Neptune and Uranus.

In another theory on the object, researchers said that it could be a brown dwarf, an object too large to be a planet but not quite a star.

So far several astronomers are not convinced with the data presented by the telescope and therefore it cannot be interpreted as meaningful at all.

Wouter Vlemmings of Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden, who co-authored the new studies, said so far the most helpful feedback has been numerous offers to observe with other instruments.

Source: http://nhv.us/content/15123611-strange-object-alpha-centauri-star-system-baffles-astronomers