Tuesday, August 9, 2022

‘First of its kind’: Triple star system detected by astronomers in space

‘First of its kind’: triple star system detected by astronomers in space / WION NEWS

Jakarta, kilat.com- Imagine three stars orbiting each other in space, each equal in size to at least 12 suns! It’s a discovery that has become a popular topic among astronomers who want to use the information to understand the universe a little better.

Management bintang The three have been described by experts as “something unlike anything ever seen before” and according to research published in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, the researchers believe there is a fourth star in the system. But it is most likely “eaten up” by three stars. other.

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“As far as we know, this is the first of its kind ever detected. We know of several tertiary star systems, but they are usually much less massive. The massive stars in this triple are very close together. It is a compact system,” said Alejandro Vigna-Gómez, co-lead author of the study and postdoc at Niels Bohr International Academy, in a press statement.

At first, researchers thought the system contained two stars, but citizen scientists were able to track down a third star using data from NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) observatory.

It is not common for a three star system to exist in space. NASA It currently accounts for ten percent of the total star systems in the universe. The first such discovery was made in September 2021, but the system is larger than any previous discovery in the region. (NDA)

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