The device sent by NASA discovers a mysterious riddle for us the Kuiper Belt. Thanks to him we can do experiments and see if our understanding of the universe is right.
New Horizons probe, during his trip to the borders of the solar system, looked at two fascinating objects, namely the dwarf planet Pluto and the asteroid (486958) Arrokoth. Thanks to it we could get a glimpse into the history of the formation of the solar system. Now, the device traverses the endless spaces of the Kuiper Belt in search of the next object for study.
The researchers used recently are still well-functioning instruments on board the probe to carry images of the two stars. The aim of the experiment was to confirm the distance between the planet and the star Proxima Centauri and Wolf 359. The first of these is 4 light-years from us, and the other nearly 8 light years.
Unusually, the images taken by the device both stars are very different from those obtained by telescopes on the surface of the Earth, which you can see in the attached image. The probe is now up to 46 times farther than the distance separating the Earth from the sun. Apparently it’s the scale of the universe, but enough to have a star next to us other items on the background of more distant stars.
It is this fact, astronomers decided to use to measure the distance between the stars and the Earth new age tech online. The studies helped a parallax technique. It turns out that the data obtained coincide with our earlier calculations. We can therefore conclude that between our planet and the part of space there are some powerful gravity objects that have an impact on our mistaken perception of the distances to these stars.
The ability to determine the distance between nearby stars and the Earth is important for many reasons. The most important of them is the creation of a new kind of space navigation. Thanks to it we will be able to efficiently travel through space. Although now it sounds more like a sci-fi, but if you are going to become an interplanetary civilization and you will want to travel to distant planetary systems, we now need to learn how to precisely navigate spaceships.
On the occasion of Proxima Centauri moving subject, it is worth mentioning that this is the nearest star (besides the sun). For several years, sleepless nights astronomers from around the world, and this is due to the existence of a planet close to her called Proxima B, which can exist known to us or alien life forms.
The planet is located approx. 4 light years (40 trillion kilometers) from us, and is similar to the Earth, because it is the planet of stone and is located at a distance from its star, Proxima Centauri, that on the surface may be liquid water, and therefore, it is in the so-called. residential zone. Not only that, some time ago we heard the news that the system may be more planets.