A mysterious object with a diameter of 1.6 miles has seen the limit of our solar system and could provide important insights into how our planet was formed.
They have foreseen huge bodies similar to that for 70 years, but never seen on our telescopes, until a leap that was passed in front of a star was detected.
Researchers believe that they acted as an important step in the planet's formation process between small initial amalgams of dust and ice and the planets we see today.
The object was seen on the belt of Edgeworth-Kuiper, a collection of dwarfed rocks and planets beyond the Neptune orbit.
The objects of the dark and solitary belt are preserved as they were in the formation of the solar system, largely not affected by solar radiation, asteroids and gravity.
Researchers from the OASES team (organized for the serotype event survey) placed two small telescopes (28 cm) on the roof of the school at # 39 ; Miyako outdoors in Miyako Island, Miyakojima-shi, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan and controlled approximately 2000 stars for a total of 60 hours.
Analyzing the data, the team found a consistent event with a star that appears in the dark as a great Edgeworth-Kuiper Belt Object faced.
This detection suggests that Edgeworth-Kuiper Belt objects are more numerous than previously thought and could mean that this is a key stage in the development of the planets.
Ko Arimatsu explains: "This is a real victory for small projects. Our team had less than 0.3% of the budget for large international projects. We did not even have enough money to build a second dome to protect our second telescope .
"We have still managed to make an impossible discovery for major projects. Now that we know that our system works, we will investigate the Edgeworth-Kuiper belt in more detail. We also have our points of interest in the Oort cloud Cloud still unknown beyond that. "
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