A Dying Star Ejected Giant Cannonballs In Space

Posted: Oct 7 2016, 6:41am CDT | by , Updated: Oct 7 2016, 6:44am CDT, in Latest Science News


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A Dying Star Ejected Giant Cannonballs in Space
This four-panel graphic illustrates how the binary-star system V Hydrae is launching balls of plasma into space. Credit: NASA, ESA, and A. Feild (STScI)
  • Hubble Space Telescope spots Enigmatic Balls of Fire near a Dying Star

The Hubble Space Telescope has spotted enigmatic balls of fire near a dying stellar source in the vast depths of the universe.

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has detected cannonballs of fire traveling through space near a dying star. However, the exact original source of these balls of fire remains a riddle that has not been solved yet.

The plasma balls are very fast blobs that are double the size of the planet Mars and two times as hot as the surface of the sun. Their speed is so fast that they would take merely half an hour to travel between the earth and the moon. Now that is very fast indeed.

NASA issued a statement regarding this discovery recently. These fiery balls have been appearing since the past 400 years. These balls were spotted near a red giant termed the V Hydrae.

This happens to be at a distance of 1200 light years from our home planet earth. Red giants are those stars that have reached the limits of their fuel supply and are swelling up and breaking their boundaries.

Although the dying star is probably not responsible for the plasma balls, it is entirely possible that a companion star is sending them out. The chaos cannot be explained any other way.

This theory states that the companion star must be in an elliptical orbit around the red giant. This brings it close to the surface of the red giant every 8.5 years or so.

The companion star gulps up material from the red giant when it comes at close quarters to it. This material than forms a disc around the companion star that keeps throwing out these plasma balls that have been detected by the Hubble Space Telescope.

Were the astronomers and astrophysicists to know more about these mysterious plasma balls, they might also discover more facts regarding some of the bizarre activities that occur around dying stars.

These have been a difficult series of phenomena to decipher for the experts. It is known that V Hydrae has a high speed outflow and this is the first time that this has been seen in action.

These plasma blobs may go on to form planetary systems and nebulae of their own. Hubble’s observations occurred in 2002, 2004, 2011 and 2013. They provide accurate information of stuff that is taking place 1200 light years away from planet earth.

The findings were recently published in The Astrophysical Journal.

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