Rings Of Faraway Star J1407 Poses A Mystery To The Scientists


J1407 Is Around 3 Quadrillion Miles Away

For some times, the huge and mysterious rings of a sun like star named J1407 has been the favorite mystery for the scientists. They are eager to find out what lies beneath the rings which are quite similar to those that go around the planet Saturn but are more numerous, 200 times bigger and much heavier. In the future, these particle rings will form into moons and there is a strong possibility that one may have formed already because the rings cannot even exist without the gravitational pull of a planet.

J1407 Is Young At 16 Million Years

According to scientist, the new star is only 16 million years and with time, the rings will become moon. The images of J1407 were part of the universe recorded by the SuperWASP project in 2007, using robotic telescopes in South Africa and the Canary Islands. While all the other stars had their starlight blocked for a period of 56 days, J1407 was seen flickering. Eric Mamajek, professor of physics and astronomy had played a key role in determining that the particle ring was what caused the flicking.

Ring Has Gap In The Form Of Moon

Images that were taken earlier on had not shown the starlight being blocked. The latest blockage led to the conclusion that there were around 30 rings that were leading to the blockage of starlight. There is a gap in the rings and that is caused by a moon called an “exomoon.” The rings are present around the planet and that causes the blockage of light. As Mamajek said, “There must have been something in there that caused a gap in the ring,” “My predication is that we’ll see another eclipse in the next few years. It will be a great test.”