Mysterious Cosmic Explosion From A Faraway Galaxy Puzzles Astronomers

Posted: Apr 1 2017, 7:43am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

Mysterious Cosmic Explosion From a Faraway Galaxy Puzzles Astronomers
A mysterious X-ray source became 1000 times brighter over a few hours before fading dramatically in about a day. This source was discovered in Chandra Deep Field-South data. Hubble and Spitzer data indicate this source is likely located in a small galaxy about 10.7 billion light years from Earth. Evidence points to this being some sort of destructive event but perhaps unlike any ever seen before. Credit: NASA/CXC/Pontifical Catholic Univ./F.Bauer et al.
  • Astrophysicists Speculate Mysterious Explosion in Galaxy Many Light Years Away

Astrophysicists have speculated regarded a mysterious explosion which occurred out of the blue in a galaxy that is many billions of light years away.

The deepest X-ray image of our universe has been developed by scientists. In the context of this image, they have found a galaxy in which an enigmatic explosion took place. This galaxy is 10.7 billion light years away from us.

While the galaxy was an inconspicuous one, it became 1000 times more luminescent, three years ago. This brightness remained extant for a couple of hours and then suddenly simmered down.

The problem is that what scientists know of the universe is not enough to explain this conundrum which has just taken place on an astronomical level. It is indeed a catastrophic event the likes of which has never been seen before.

The exact nature of this happening is questionable and it will take some backbreaking calculations and brainstorming by the astronomers to get behind what just took place.

The explosion was so potent that for a couple of minutes the energy dose radiated by this source was a thousand times that of the rest of the stars in the galaxy.

Such a phenomenon has never been hitherto observed in the universe. The exact origins of this anomaly remain a puzzle and a gaping wide hole in our understanding.

Deciphering this riddle is rather like solving a Rubik’s Cube while blindfolded. It is very difficult. The scientists have only been able to offer a few hypotheses. Two of these are concerned with gamma ray bursts (GRBs). GRBs are the brightest of electromagnetic phenomena in the universe.

They are high energy explosions that occur when a large star collapses in on itself. However, the same thing happens everytime two neutron stars coalesce or a neutron star and a black hole merge.

If the GRBs are aimed at the earth, we can expect a flurry of gamma rays not to mention X-rays. Some say these GRBs were not aimed at the earth to begin with. There are several possibilities.

There is another explanation: a black hole may have torn apart a white dwarf star. Studying similar events may lend some insight into this recent explosion. The explosion was detected by NASA’s Chandra X-Ray Observatory.

The space researchers also collected further data regarding the explosion from the Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes. A lot of sifting through the archives of astronomical data will have to be engaged in before we can get a clear cut answer to what exactly this explosion was in the first place.

Although many conspiracy theorists are quick to label the phenomenon as an attempt by distant aliens trying to contact us, the fact of the matter is that there is a lot going on that we humans can not observe with accuracy with our puny telescopes.

The findings of this discovery got published in the journal Science.

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