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A New Technique May Help Scientists Discover Newborn Planets

Scientists at the Harvard & Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics have developed a new method to detect these “newborn planets"

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Russell Chattaraj
Russell Chattaraj
Mechanical engineering graduate, writes about science, technology and sports, teaching physics and mathematics, also played cricket professionally and passionate about bodybuilding.

UNITED STATES: Young planets are typically shrouded in thick layers of gas and dust, making their discovery difficult. Astronomers have noticed features on discs in recent years that they believe are the result of planets. Scientists at the Harvard & Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics have developed a new method to detect these “newborn planets.” 

LkCa 15, which is 518 light years away, the LkCa 15 protoplanetary disc is being studied by astronomers. Based on studies made with the ALMA Observatory, there have already been assertions that planet forms have been found in the disc.

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With this, they looked at high-resolution ALMA (Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array) data on LkCa 15 from 2019 and discovered two subtle but significant features that other astronomers had overlooked. The results were discovered at a distance from the sun that is 42 times further than the Earth. They appeared to be two distinct, luminous elements rotating within hazy rings.

They went over this in more detail using computer simulations, which helped them understand the size of the object and the locations that agreed with the planet-presence concept.

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However, the young planet cannot be directly observed due to technological restrictions; the scientists remain optimistic that subsequent ALMA observations of LkCA 15 may offer additional proof in support of planetary findings. The astronomers anticipate that future researchers will use this novel approach to make other discoveries.

Space’s young planets are somewhat unusual and undeveloped. They could be regarded as unfinished protoplanets. As a result, they are obscured by gaseous and dusty debris surrounding them. Even though they may have a potentially viable environment, this can make them difficult to find.

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However, these new discoveries make it simpler to study these young planets, allowing astronomers to understand their makeup better. Additionally, they can gain knowledge about the universe’s origins and planets’ formation. 

They can also reveal hints about how they were formed and how ancient they are. This can help us understand how the solar system in which we live formed.

This is the first step in learning about the universe and all the events in space. The universe and everything in it have a story to tell. There are many things in the huge it that we cannot even perceive. We can only speculate as to what else exists.

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  • Russell Chattaraj

    Mechanical engineering graduate, writes about science, technology and sports, teaching physics and mathematics, also played cricket professionally and passionate about bodybuilding.

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