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Astronomers have been working on a new massive young star and are totally surprised by the birth of this small relative.

in an article published by john lee’s team from the school of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Leeds, UK, in the journal Astrophysical Journal Letters, reporting a star dubbed MM 1a.

The chose the star for observation as its surrounding consisted a large number rotating gas clouds and dust which is the raw material from which such stellar objects are formed.

Ilee stated that when these clouds contact with each other they collapse under the gravity, they start to rotate faster and form a disc around them.

In such lighter mass stars like Sun, it is in these discs that planets can form. In such cases, the star and disc that people observed are massive in a manner that rather than looking at the planet forming inside the disc, people are watching another star taking birth.

The relative star named logically enough MM 1b consist a mass of about a half of the sun. whereas, its parent planet consists of 40 solar masses.

This one is a bit different as the mixture of the two combining stars can be shown in the form of the binary system, a setup which is common in the universe.

Ilee states that “Many older massive stars are found with nearby companions.”

But binary stars have equal mass and are likely to be the relatives. Discovering a new binary system with a mass ratio of 80:1 is not usual and it is suggested that an entirely different formation process for all the objects.

Future findings can probably reveal that small MM 1b has its personal dusty disc which can later form a planet, so, they’ll be likely to be in for what constitutes a drastic short life.

Stars like MM 1a live around only for a million years before bursting into a powerful supernova so while MM1b may have a power to form its own planet system in coming future, it won’t live long, said Ilee.


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