From some 370 light-years away from Earth, a host star and planet are having inexplicable love, suggested a new report from NASA. In a remarkable breakthrough, NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has nosed out the ‘Tumultuous Romance’ between a planet and its host star in the sky. The events of star-on-star romance have earlier recorded and are quite common for the astronomers, but this is for the first time, that the scientists have stumbled upon the same kind of event between a host star and its planet. The star, dubbed as HAT-P-2 and its planet is named as HAT-P-2b. Both are located from some 370 light-years away from Earth.
As highlighted by the new research paper in the journal ‘Astronomical Journal Letters’, the star – HAT-P-2 is mysteriously beating or vibrating when its companion planet is coming nearer to it. Each time, the planet is getting near to the star during its orbit, there is heartbeat-like pulsations event is taking place, which is quite eccentric. The invention was done by the astronomers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The researchers, by using NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope – the fourth and last telescope of NASA Great Observatories Mission, has detected this first-of-its-kind happening in the skies.
According to Julien Wit, the first author of the study and a postdoctoral student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences’ “The pulsation of the star is occurring in the interval of every 87 minutes. Despite its 5.8 days-long orbital periods, the closeness of the planet to the star is causing the pulsation in every 87 minutes.
Earlier, astronomers have recorded a number of star-on-star pulsation events, which are scientifically known as “heartbeat stars”. But the influence of a planet on its host star, triggering pulsation is something exceptional, and NASA’s astronomers believe that there is something which is secretively motivating such event. Neither the planet is too weighty nor is it too closer to the star, but surprisingly, its closeness is triggering pulsation in the star.Tags: NASA, planet, romance, spitzer space telescope, star, valentine