Science

for the First Time, Astronomers Witnessed a Super Intense Aurora outside the Solar System

Auroras are beautiful colorful atmospheric displays that are usually caused by charged particles from the sun interacting with the life sustaining nitrogen and oxygen atoms in the atmosphere.

A display of light mirroring what we usually see here on earth was found in the Lyra constellation, about 18 light years away from earth.

The glow resembles what people usually call the northern lights or aurora, albeit being a more reddish hue and a million times brighter.

Dr. Stuart Littlefair, an astronomer from the University of Sheffield, said: “This is the first time that we have confirmed we are seeing auroras on brown dwarves,” Said Dr. Stuart Littlefair, an astronomer of the University of Sheffield

Earth has quite the amazing displays to offer: like the glowing auroras in the north. However, this glow isn’t unique to Earth. It can happen on any of the planets in our solar system.

Some planets are failed stars: gas giants that were just too small to become stars, but too big to become planets.

The planet, named LSR J1835, was found using the Hale and Keck optical telescopes and Very Large Array radio telescope.

Speculation that the star failed to ignite because of a lack of charged particles from another star.

Scientists will continue to observe the failed star, hoping to learn more about the secrets of the universe.

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