A team of scientists has detected potential radio signals from the exoplanet.
- In an exciting discovery, a team of international scientists has for the first time detected radio signals coming possibly from an exoplanet beyond the solar system.
- The radio signals were emanating from an exoplanet system about 51 light-years away from Earth.
- The researchers made the discovery using LOFAR, a lower frequency array radio telescope from the Netherlands.
- The emissions were busted from the Tau Bootes star system.
- The Tau Bootes star system was hosting a Hot Jupiter which is a gaseous giant planet and is closer to its sun.
- The researchers were from Cornell University in the US.
- Scientists observed the exoplanetary potential radio-emission signals in the constellation Cancer and Upsilon Andromedae systems.
- This research showed that only the Tau Bootes exoplanet systems exhibited a significant radio signature.
- The signal contains a binary star system and an exoplanet.
- This new radio signal detection opens up a new window on exoplanets.
- It also provides a new way to examine alien worlds that are tens of light-years away.
Sources of Radio Signals
- Astronomical radio waves are emitted from various types of objects in the Universe.
- These objects are extremely energetic physical processes of the Universe.
- Some sources are:
- Galactic centres
- supernova remnants
- Neutron Stars – Pulsars, Rotating Radio Transient (RRAT) sources
- Radio galaxies
- Extragalactic pulses
- Primordial blackholes
- In our solar system, the Sun and the Jupiter are sources of radio waves.