Astronomers Found Two Mysterious Cosmic Objects That Blast X-Ray Flares

Posted: Oct 21 2016, 8:12am CDT | by , in Latest Science News


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Astronomers Found Two Mysterious Cosmic Objects That blast X-Ray Flares
Astronomers have found a pair of extraordinary objects that dramatically burst in X-rays. This discovery, obtained with NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and ESA's XMM-Newton observatory, may represent a new class of explosive events. Credit: Chandra X-Ray Observatory
  • Astronomers bewildered by two superfast X-Ray emitting objects in space

The mysterious super bright objects may be a whole new breed of space matter encountered ever before

Space scientists may have found two new entities in space but they are not entirely sure what exactly it is. Astronomers are baffled ever since they found two mysterious objects in space that do not resemble any other entities seen before.

The two objects can be described as super bright X-Ray emitting objects. It is possible these objects are a whole new brand of astrophysical phenomenon.

Moreover the weird X-Rays emitted are superfast flares which become 100 times brighter within just a minute of emitting. An hour after the flare have been emitted the brightness of the object returns back to normal.

Jimmy Irwin from the University of Alabama was the lead researcher of the study which observed these objects. According to Irwin astronomers have never before seen anything like these objects, which is to say their community has seen a lot of different things which flare up over the years.

What astronomers do know about other type of flaring objects is they are called ultraluminous X-ray sources (ULXs). These ULXs are capable of creating and emitting bright X-rays and they originate from black holes or neutron stars.

Sometimes they also arise from the dense corpse of a star when it goes supernova. However the newly discovered duo is hundreds to thousands of times brighter than the previously recorded ULXs sources.

Peter Maksym from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, also a co-author on the study stated these new flares are in short extraordinary.

According to Maksym for a short period one of the sources also becomes maybe the brightest ULX ever seen before in a elliptical galaxy setting. Right now the best guess is the objects may even be old magnetars.

The findings of this research detailed in "Ultraluminous X-ray bursts in two ultracompact companions to nearby elliptical galaxies" a paper got published in Nature.

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