Bizarre 'super planet' discovered for first time with radio observations

1 min


By
Chris Ciaccia

Researchers have discovered a bizarre “super-planet” for the first time using radio observations, according to a new study.

Known as BDR J1750+3809 or Elegast, the “super-planet” is actually a brown dwarf, a celestial object that is too cold and small to be a star. The discovery was made by researchers at the University of Hawaii, working in conjunction with tools from NASA and the Low-Frequency Array (LOFAR) telescope in Europe.

Advertisements

“This work opens a whole new method to finding the coldest objects floating in the sun’s vicinity, which would otherwise be too faint to discover with the methods used for the past 25 years,” the study’s co-author, Michael Liu, said in a statement.

Artist’s impression of the discovery dubbed Elegast. The blue loops depict the magnetic field lines. (ASTRON/Danielle Futselaar)

Artist’s impression of the discovery dubbed Elegast. The blue loops depict the magnetic field lines. (ASTRON/Danielle Futselaar)

300 MILLION HABITABLE PLANETS EXIST, NASA SAYS

Brown dwarfs are generally harder to find using methods that astronomers normally use to find other stars. However, the light they emit at radio wavelengths was vital in the discovery of Elegast, the researchers added.

Since they lack the mass to trigger hydrogen fusion, they can’t be considered stars. Given their gaseous atmospheres, brown dwarfs resemble Jupiter and Saturn, the gas giants in our solar system, more than they resemble stars themselves.

“We asked ourselves, ‘Why point our radio telescope at cataloged brown dwarfs?'” the study’s lead author, Harish Vedantham, added. “Let’s just make a large image of the sky and discover these objects directly in the radio.”

With the discovery of BDR J1750+3809, the researchers hope that more brown dwarfs — the closest things to exoplanets — could 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 thought to have the properties to contain life.

Advertisements

In October, a separate group of researchers discovered 24 potential “superhabitable” planets that may have conditions more suited to host life.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

Source: Foxnews.com

Advertisements

Like it? Share with your friends!

84
13 shares, 84 points

What's Your Reaction?

hate hate
4
hate
confused confused
18
confused
fail fail
11
fail
fun fun
9
fun
geeky geeky
7
geeky
love love
23
love
lol lol
2
lol
omg omg
18
omg
win win
11
win

0 Comments

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Choose A Format
Personality quiz
Series of questions that intends to reveal something about the personality
Trivia quiz
Series of questions with right and wrong answers that intends to check knowledge
Poll
Voting to make decisions or determine opinions
Story
Formatted Text with Embeds and Visuals
List
The Classic Internet Listicles
Countdown
The Classic Internet Countdowns
Open List
Submit your own item and vote up for the best submission
Ranked List
Upvote or downvote to decide the best list item
Meme
Upload your own images to make custom memes
Video
Youtube, Vimeo or Vine Embeds
Audio
Soundcloud or Mixcloud Embeds
Image
Photo or GIF
Gif
GIF format