Scientists discover the rock more than a kilometer in the Solar System boundary
Scientists from the Japanese National Astronomical Observatory discovered a 1.3-mile rocky stretch located in the Kuiper Belt, a circular disk which circulates around the sun. The discovery was published in the journal Nature Astronomy.
According to the RT media, there are small bodies in this band that are considered to be the remains of the Solar System, and scientists are studying it to get more details about the evolution of our system and how the planets are formed.
To discover this body, researchers used a technique called "starry occultation". The astronomer, Ko Arimatsu, installed a pair of telescopes on the roof of the school on the island of Miyako in Okinawa, where he was studying forty-six stars for sixty hours.
When viewing the collected data, they noticed that the star was a hidden 1.3-mile-long object. It is the first body discovered by this type and seems to emphasize that it has more rocks like this.
"If it is a true discovery of objects in the Kuiper Belt, it means that the planetsimens become objects of one kilometer size in the exterior solar system, and remain an important population in the current Kuiper belt, before their uncontrolled growth phase," Arimatsu said at the World Space site today.