A thermonuclear blast has been captured (on NASA’s telescope) from about 11000 light-years from the Earth – the Sagittarius Constellation. It is the brightest blast NASA has ever witnessed. The blast had also sent a beam of x-ray rays towards us. Space agencies are speculating that it is because of the stellar remains of the star that blasted during supernova but was way too small to form a black hole.
“This burst was outstanding,” said astrophysicist and study author Peter Bult of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and the University of Maryland, College Park.
The blast had the energy equal to 20 times what the sun emits in 2 days, and the energy was perceived to us in a matter of minutes. The x-ray beam was detected by the NICER space observatory. Not only this, but the stellar is emitting the same frequency of the beam at regular intervals.
The pulsar spins at a rate of 401 rotations per second.
SAX J1808 feeds on hydrogen gas drawn from a nearby brown dwarf star and pulls that gas into an accretionary disk. Sometimes that disk becomes too dense, and the gases within it become ionized, trapping energy. Hydrogen gas rains down on the pulsar’s surface and the pressure and temperatures skyrocket, causing nuclear fusion and, eventually, a massive thermonuclear explosion across the pulsar’s surface.Popular Mechanics
These type of studies help us predict future blasts that will help us understand more about deep space. We know that space is a very dangerous place, but how safe we are? Are we ready for further space calamities? The answers are unknown but our learning is real.
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