Smallest Star ‘EBLM J0555-57Ab’ Discovered

IAS Prelims 2023

Scientists from University of Cambridge in the U.K have discovered the smallest star in the universe. It is called EBLM J0555-57Ab.

It is located about 600 light years away. With a size just a sliver larger than that of Saturn, the gravitational pull at its stellar surface is about 300 times stronger than what humans feel on Earth.

The discovery is also the best possible candidate for detecting Earth-sized planets which can have liquid water on their surfaces, such as TRAPPIST-1, an ultracool dwarf surrounded by seven temperate Earth-sized worlds.

The star was identified by WASP, a planet-finding experiment run by several universities.