It might be evidence of a rare type of supernova.
Scientists might have discovered a rare and (frankly) unsettling cosmic event: a black hole eating a star from the inside out and causing a supernova.
Astronomers believe that the black hole was initially swallowed by a massive star, according to Newsweek. It then began to disrupt and collapse the star’s core — essentially devouring it from the inside out like a parasite. The event culminated in the star going full supernova.
Massive Radio Signals
The gory cosmic event first came to researchers’ attention in 2017 when the Very Large Array telescope in New Mexico picked up the enormous burst of radio energy coming from the supernova. Dillon Dong, a researcher and astronomer at the California Institute of Technology, decided to look into the matter with his team.
They eventually discovered that the black hole and the star were binary stars — two stars that orbit each other in a kind of cosmic dance. One of the stars eventually collapsed into a black hole, but the two remained in orbit… that is, until the black hole entered the star’s atmosphere roughly 300 years ago and began devouring it.
Dong and his team published a paper of their findings in the journal Science.
Not only was the parasitic black hole event novel and freaky, it’s also evidence of a long theorized cosmic occurrence called a “merger-triggered supernova.” This happens when a star goes supernova after merging with a neutron star or a black hole.
While scientists suspect an event like this can happen, they have yet to have concrete evidence of it. However, Dong and his team’s findings might indicate a merger-triggered supernova.
Scientists are still skeptical, though, with some hypothesizing that the supernova might have been caused by other factors such as mass being pulled away from the star, according to Popular Science.
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SpaceX’s Inspiration4 Crew Shares Photos of Earth from Space – Beebom
If you are a space enthusiast like myself, I’m sure you love the mesmerizing views of the Earth from space shared by astronauts. Having said that, chances are you will love the breathtaking pictures recently shared by the astronauts in SpaceX’s Inspiration4 spacecraft, which took off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on September 15. It safely returned to Earth today.
The seven-seater SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft was recently launched from the Kennedy space center. Following the launch, astronauts from the Inspiration4 spacecraft shared four orbital photos of the Earth. You can check out the tweet right below.
The photos were taken from the cupola of the spacecraft, which is a dome-shaped, transparent viewing area that allows astronauts to get a unique glimpse of our planet from space. Not just that, SpaceX Inspiration4’s astronauts also shared a short video showing the sunset. You can check it out right here:
The astronauts include the Shift4 Payments CEO and founder Jared Isaacman, who financed the space mission and is currently the acting commander of the spacecraft, Air Force veteran Christopher Sembroski, physician assistant Hayley Arceneaux, and geoscientist Dr. Sian Proctor.
Now, it is worth mentioning that SpaceX’s Crew Dragon spacecraft can carry seven people onboard. However, the Inspiration4 mission only includes four astronauts aboard the spacecraft. As per reports, following the launch, the Inspiration4 spacecraft has now completed 15 orbits around Earth and is expected to complete a full orbit of the Earth every 90 minutes. If you want to monitor the progress of the flight, you can go to SpaceX’s official tracking website.
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Four space tourists safely splashed down in the Atlantic off the coast of Florida on Saturday, ending their trailblazing trip into orbit.
Their SpaceX capsule parachuted into the ocean just before sunset, not far from where their chartered flight began three days earlier.
SpaceX founder Elon Musk took them on as the company’s first rocket-riding tourists.
The fully automated Dragon capsule reached an unusually high altitude of miles 585km after Wednesday night’s liftoff, that’s 160km above the International Space Station.
The passengers were able to take in views of Earth through a big bubble-shaped window added to the top of the capsule.
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