A staff of astronomers suspects it discovered a brand-new sort of star, which the European Area Company (ESA) compares to a set of “cosmic neon lights.”
The star, which glows a wealthy shade of inexperienced when considered by an X-ray telescope, has baffled astronomers because it was first noticed in 2019. However now ESA scientists appear to have gotten to the underside of issues, CNET reports, discovering that the brand new star appears to be the unlikely results of two white dwarfs — the kind of dead star our Solar will ultimately grow to be — merging and someway managing to not destroy one another.
The ensuing star is one thing of an oddball, even except for its vivid inexperienced hue. As a result of it comes from two burnt-out stars, it appears completely devoid of cosmic gas like hydrogen and helium, according to research revealed final month within the journal Astronomy & Astrophysics. In the meantime, the gases on its floor are whipping round at record-breaking speeds.
The ESA shared an X-ray image of the star on Monday, noting that it’s the primary time astronomers have ever captured a picture of a celestial physique prefer it.
Sadly, the weird star received’t be round for lengthy, at the least in comparison with a typical cosmic time scale.
As a result of the star is unusually risky and unstable, so it is going to doubtless burn out and collapse right into a neutron star inside simply 10,000 years.
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