Astronomer of the Univesity of Chile Conduct Research of Low Mass Stars

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

More than two thounsad candidates of young low-mass stars were identified by an international team of astronomers, led bypostdotoral researcher of Astronomy Department at the University of Chile, David Rodriguez.

More than 2000 candidates of young low-mass stars were identified by an international team of astronomers, led by researcher Astronomy Department (DAS) at the University of Chile, David Rodriguez.

The study, published in the journal The Astrophysical Journal, 31 detected two thousand young stars, whose ages range between 10 and 100 million years and are within about 350 light years from Earth.

According to Rodriguez explains, these low-mass planets are common in the universe and are important in the search for planets in formation. "The search for planets using adaptive optics and young nearby stars. With our study provide more stars to consider in the search for planets. Several of our candidates have shown properties of circumstellar discs - rings composed of gas, dust, and rock or ice on objects around, and the study of these disks can improve our understanding of the formation of planets around such stars" says.

The scientific team is now focused on confirming these candidates.