Using Low Frequency Array (LOFAR), a radio reflector , within the Netherlands, a team of researchers from Cornell University discovered emission bursts from the Tau Bootes exoplanet system, 51 light-years faraway from the world .

The detected radio signals might be the first-ever radio wave from a planet beyond our system , the team said.

“We present one among the primary hints of detecting an exoplanet within the radio realm,” said Jake Turner, a postdoctoral fellow and study team leader at Cornell University .

Studying an exoplanet’s magnetic flux helps to know its interior and atmospheric properties, and interactions between stars and planets, the team said.

The magnetic flux of an Earth-like exoplanet may contribute to the possible habitability by protecting the earth from solar radiation and cosmic rays, they added.

“This radio detection exposes a replacement window on exoplanets, giving us a completely unique thanks to examine alien worlds that are tens of light-years away,” said Ray Jayawardhana, Professor of astronomy at Cornell University .

The team has began to follow abreast of the radio wave from Tau Bootes using multiple radio telescopes. The team spent nearly 100-hours of radio observations to seek out the signal from the system, which contains a binary and an exoplanet.


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