The universe is full of intriguing wonders.
The James Webb Observatory which is the most powerful space telescope has shown us some incredible findings in past. However, what’s really surprising scientists and people around the world is the recent discovery of Jupiter-sized ‘planets’ just floating around in space with no star to call home.
What makes this discovery interesting is that these objects seem to travel in twos. Scientists are currently finding it challenging to understand them. The telescope looked closely at the well-known Orion Nebula and found approximately 40 of these pairs revealing its stunning beauty in great detail.
The scientists who found them gave them a catchy name, ‘Jupiter Mass Binary Objects’ or JuMBOs. But why they look like this is a total puzzle.
Samuel Pearson, a scientist at the European Space Agency involved in the observations shared on Monday expressed his bewilderment saying, “Something isn’t adding up in our knowledge of how planets and stars are born. These things shouldn’t exist”
The Orion Nebula is a place where new stars are born and it’s about 1,350 light-years away from Earth. You can find it in the Orion constellation in the northern sky. Astronomers have looked at it for a long time, but the scientists who worked on the recent Webb telescope study of this area, which was also revealed on Monday claim that these new pictures are the “best by far” that we’ve ever seen of it.
- The study suggests a couple of ideas. One idea is that these things might have formed in parts of the nebula where there wasn’t enough stuff to create complete stars.
- Another idea is that they could have initially formed near stars and then got pushed out into space between stars because of different interactions.
Scientists are still on the hunt for answers.