A small object with a diameter of 1.6 miles has been found near the edge of our solar system. Some researchers believe that the strange object could teach us important details about the formation of planets.
The existence of such objects has been theorized in the last 70 years but until now there was no obvious proof. Some researchers believe that these objects marked the first step in the evolution of space matter towards the shape of the planets that are known today.
The object is located in a zone called the Edgeworth-Kuiper Belt, a massive agglomeration of rocks that can be found near the orbit of Neptune.
The freezing temperatures that are present in the area allowed the perfect conservation of the rocks, keeping them in the exact state in which they were as the solar system began to form in its early days.
The discovery was made by a team that is a part of the OASES (Organized Autotelescopes for Serendipitous Event Survey). The team was able to place a pair of telescopes on the roof a school located in the Okinawa Prefecture, Japan.
An approximate number of 2000 stars were monitored for a period of 60 hours. While the data was being analyzed the researchers were able to discover that a star became constantly dim and concluded that the phenomenon was caused by an Edgeworth-Kuiper Belt Object that passed by its front.
The discovery is a clear hint that the number of Egdeworth-Kuiper Belt Object could be larger than it was initially believed. It is also thought that they could have played an essential role in the formation of other planets.
The landmark achievement is also a huge win for small team of researchers that are forced to rely on a limited object. This team achieved something that was thought to be impossible without the use of exotic tech that can be found in select observatories located around the world.
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