June 27, 2022
"Accident", the mysterious object discovered in the Milky Way that interests astronomers

“Accident”, the mysterious object discovered in the Milky Way that interests astronomers

attributed to him, NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of California

Illustrative image,

Sky imaging using the Wide Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE). Infrared light exhibits wavelengths longer than those visible to the human eye. With the data in this photo, evidence of the “accident” was found.

They’re not exactly stars or planets, but they are something in between. This is the definition of an alien space object known to astronomers as a brown dwarf.

Now scientists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have accidentally discovered a space object similar to a brown dwarf, but with some special properties. The mysterious object was called “The Accident”. The discovery was published in the scientific journal Astrophysical Journal.

“This object defies all our expectations,” said Davey Kirkpatrick, a study co-author and an astrophysicist at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech).

The study suggests that the “accident” may be between 10 billion and 13 billion years old, making it at least twice the age of other brown dwarfs previously discovered.