A faraway new star gives scientists a sneak peek into our Sun’s past. This distant star could let us know precisely what our Sun was like in its teens and astronomers believe it could be similar to a window in time.
As indicated by a National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) public statement, cosmologists detected the star, named HD 107146, employing the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) telescope. The study is available in the Astrophysical Journal.
The star is surrounded by dust created by Pluto-sized matters brimming around it. At a 90 light-years distance from our planet the star still could offer us some information concerning how galaxies developed.
Stuartt Corder, co-creator of the study and ALMA Deputy Director, believes the available technological equipment might provide the opportunity to study an interesting time around an adolescent, Sun-like star. This star will give insight on how our sun must have been at only 2% of its age today. It is believed that HD 107146 is 100 million years old, a lot younger than our 4.5 billion years old sun.
Approximately 13 billion kilometers from the core of HD 107146 there is a zone much grubbier than the rest of the star. Experts claim that this is how our solar system must have been like in its early days.
Adult galaxies, as it is now our own, have next to no dust. Observing the dynamic of this new found star in time might allow astronomers a peek into the beginning of the planets closest to us.
Astronomers are also wondering if the 1.2 billion km imprint in this dust might not be an indication of an Earth-sized planet pushing away the dusty leftovers.
Study lead creator Luca Ricci, a space expert at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts gave further details about the dust lane surrounding HD 107146.
Apparently this sprinkle is extremely peculiar as it gets thicker in the exceptionally remote areas around the star’s plate. What is odd about this is that it is not what astronomers are used to seeing when observing young disks. Commonly, primordial star plates have denser dust close to the star.
For this reason, Luca Ricci claims that the astronomers might have been just as lucky as to catch this given star disk in a phase in which Pluto like celestial bodies are developing while some other planet-like structures are already developed nearer to the star.
The star will continue to be under observation but researchers are charmed so far.