Astronomers have found three exocomponents that orbit the beta star 63 light years from Earth.
This discovery was made possible by NASA’s latest TESS fighters. Although the Explosive Transit Satellite is designed to detect exoplanets, its equipment provides spectral data that is accurate enough to determine the transit of distant comets.
In studying beta light pattern curves observed by TESS, scientists identified the signatures of three comets.
“The data show a significant reduction in the light intensity of the stars observed,” said Sebastian Ziba and Konstanz Zwintz, researchers at the Institute of Particle Physics at the University of Innsbruck, in a press release. “These changes because of the obscurity of an object in a star’s orbit may be related to a comet.”
Details of their findings were published in Astronomy and Astrophysics Journal.
Scientists have found an exometer with data from the Kepler Space Telescope.
“The Kepler Space Telescope focuses on older, sun-like stars in relatively small regions of the sky,” Cvintz said. “TESS, on the other hand, looks at the stars in the sky, including young stars, and we expect more discoveries like this in the future.”
The previous Beta Spectator Spectrum analysis showed exotic existence, but the proposal has not been confirmed.
“TESS data provides long-awaited and independent evidence of its existence,” said Grant Kennedy, a physicist at the University of Warwick. “Our next goal is to find similar signatures for other stars, and these results indicate that TESS is their job.”