The stellar object in the center of our galaxy that is intriguing astronomers


Although the universe is filled with strange celestial bodies, it never ceases to amaze us, and now astronomers have detected through the analysis of the curvature effect of light due to gravity, a giant celestial body that could be either a huge planet or a failed star, and is precisely at the center of our galaxy.

The NASA Spitzer telescope has been following the orbit of the Earth around the Sun since 2003, making use of its infrared camera to capture the most incredible images of the skies. In addition to the mission for which it was designed, the scientists assigned the telescope a mission for which it had not been designed, the use of its images for the purpose of detecting new exoplanets, by the aforementioned method, as opposed to previous method used and much more common, of observation of the diminution of the light of a star, to detect the moment in which a planet passes in front of the same one.

Gravity is the distortion of space, which means that a universe with a high mass, has the ability to distort space in a characteristic effect, and through which Spitzer has already helped detect several planets, but this body is a case completely singular. Its official name is OGLE-2016-BLG-1190Lb, and has about 13 times the mass of Jupiter, and orbits a star about 22,000 light-years away in the congested center of the Milky Way.

The OGLE is not the largest exoplanet ever detected, but it is clearly at the top, that is, if it is really a planet, because this body may also be a simple brown dwarf, which is a type of star, enough to create light, and although this type of stars is not unknown, the mass of this celestial body would place this hypothetical star at the bottom of the list of all known star types.

The really interesting point is that if this is really a planet has an orbit with a duration of about three years, and has a perfectly astronomical dimension, but if this is a brown dwarf, its location may help us better understand how stars are formed.