Astronomers from the Leiden University have unveiled something new in space! Also, it is a toddler planet! Yes! The international team of scientists has spotted a planet in its initial stage of formation. The toddler planet was seen orbiting around a binary star. The team is lead by the Dutch scientist from the Leiden University.
Binary stars or the double stars are the systems wherein two stars are seen orbiting around each other. The space between the two orbiting stars is called the barycentre.
The further research details are yet to be concluded. It will be reflecting in the journal Astronomy and Astrophysics.
The binary star is named as the CS Cha. The CS Cha and the newly discovered toddler planet are a distance of six hundred light years from the Earth’s position. The duo is present in the Sothern Hemisphere Constellation. The name of this Southern Hemisphere Constellation is Chameleon.
The star is about two to three million years old. It is in the initial phase of development of the binary solar system. With this, the zest of the scientist for the dust disc and the birth of the planet is increasing day by day.
There is still no clarity regarding the planet formation. Additionally, NASA has recently initiated a Mission to the Red Planet to unveil the fact that makes it stand unique from the Earth.
It was an accidental discovery for the toddler planet. The astronomers were on keen research about the binary stars; meanwhile, they marked the presence of a dot at one of the edges of their image.
The scientist then went on a thorough referencing of the past telescopic data available with them. A similar dot was discovered in some of the images taken nineteen years ago. It was accomplished with the help of the Hubble Space Telescope.
There are chances that it could be just a dwarf brown star or else it may prove to be the magnificent gas giant-The Jupiter.
Christian Ginski explains, “The most exciting part is that the light of the companion is highly polarized. Such a preference in the direction of polarization usually occurs when the light is scattered along the way. We suspect that the companion is surrounded by his dust disc.” Christian Ginski is the lead author at the Leiden University.