Scientists found the ‘missing link’ in the theory on how planets are formed

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Ko Arimatsu

  • For decades, astronomers have been trying to prove a theory about how planets are formed from small asteroid-like objects called Edgeworth-Kuiper Belt Objects.
  • Scientists at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan found an object on the edge of our solar system, and managed to prove its existence with an incredibly simple method called "occultation".
  • One of the astronomers who made the discovery described the find as "a real victory for little projects".

For several decades now, astronomers have been waiting to prove a theory about how planets are formed from small asteroid-like objects called Edgeworth-Kuiper Belt Objects in our solar system.

The existence of these objects had been predicted, but as they were so too distant, small, and dim — even for world-leading telescopes — it was hard to find a way to observe them directly.See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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