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The discovery of the first lunar disk could change the rules of astronomy

The discovery of the first lunar disk could change the rules of astronomy

The discoveries of astronomers do not end, from time to time they announce their discovery of a new planet, or they reach strange information related to the vast space.

For a long time, astronomers discovered planetary disks, which are the first building blocks for the formation of huge planets such as Earth and other planets of the olfactory group.

Scientists have long believed that planets form due to protoplanetary disks revolving around stars, but they pointed out that moons of another origin – for example, but not limited to – were considered a separate part of the parent planet.

Moons are formed from planetary disks

According to an article published in the “scitechdaily” magazine, astronomers have observed for the first time a planetary disk wrapping around a planet named “GQ Lupi B” orbiting its parent star on a path about 20 times greater than the path of Jupiter around the sun. This discovery helped build a new theory that moons are also formed from planetary disks, not just planets.

The research was carried out by a group of scientists led by “Dr. Thomas Stolker” from the University of “Leiden”, who delved into the study of the planet and investigated the characteristics of the “primary lunar disk” that surrounds the planet “GQ Lupi B” outside the solar system, which was called the “super Jupiter” at a distance of about 500 light years.

A planet in growth

Stolker’s team collected data with a very large telescope, infrared images, and a visible-light spectrometer.

The team monitored the thermal appearance of the disk surrounding the planet, which is a lunar disk with a temperature much lower than the planet’s atmosphere, which led researchers to believe that there was a “cavity” in the ring where the moon began to coalesce.

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When using alpha rays, the researchers were able to discover the features of the planet’s atmosphere, and note that the planet was still in a developing stage, using either a supply of material obtained from its protoplanetary disk or grabbing material from the protoplanetary disk of its star.