Early last year, using the Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array (ALMA) and the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT), astronomers discovered an interesting star system.
Near the constellation Orion, about 1,300 light-years from Earth, is the nascent star system, GW Ori. In the center lies not one star, but three young stars.
The system is surrounded by a large disk of gas and dust, similar to Saturn’s ring disk. Clouds of dust and gas surrounding young star systems are very common and help form new planets.
However, the gas and dust disc around GW Ori was different, and had a mysterious gap between the two, splitting the disc into two pieces.
This has baffled astronomers, and previous studies have tried it explain The gap, by increasing the gravitational torque of the three stars, may have created the gap.
Now that the GW Ori system has been modeled in detail, the researchers believe the real reason behind the gap may be something more surprising, such as NS oleh The New York Times.
in a paper Published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, researchers from the University of Nevada say the formation of one or more planets in the gas cloud may be the cause of the gap.
If the researchers were right, it would be the first circular planet – a planet orbiting three stars – to be discovered.
Gas and dust disks around the GW Ori. attributed to him: Alma/yang – yang mana
“This may be the first evidence of circular planetary drilling holes in real time,” said Jeremy Smallwood, lead author of the paper, and professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Let me know New York time.
Although the planet (or planets) cannot be seen, researchers believe that the formation of a gas giant planet would be the best explanation for the mysterious hole in the dust cloud. Astronomers may have found a “baby” planet, several million years old, carving out an orbit for itself.
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