Astronomers are thrilled to announce that a small and insufficiently funded project has made the first discovery in the world. For the first time astronomers have been able to detect a radius of 13 km at the edge of the solar system. The size of the body of kilometers, which is expected to exist for more than seven decades, is first discovered.
Scientists say these objects are a crucial step in shaping planets between the small initial dust and ice merger and the large planets we know today. The Edgeworth-Kuiper Belt is a collection of small celestial bodies that circulate behind Neptune.
The former planet Pluto is the most famous of these objects. These distant bodies are preserved in the early solar system due to the cold and dark places they are orbiting. Objects such as this are expected to exist, but they were too remote, small and shady, even for the largest telescopes that can be seen directly. Astronomers from the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, led by Ko Arimatsu, used the technique called occultation to discover.
This technique involves watching a large number of stars and watching the shadow of an object that precedes the star. The team used 28-inch binoculars on the school's roof in Japan to watch 2000 stars for the entire 60 hours. When data was analyzed, they found that a star-conscious event that seemed to be dimmed as if it were blocked by a 1.3 km radius.
The team says this discovery supports a theory where planetsimals are slowly growing into kilometer-sized objects before they become planets. The group plans to explore the Edgeworth-Kuiper Belt in more detail and wants to explore Oort Cloud in the future.