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Solution to the mystery: The collision explains the mysterious properties of two stars

Solution to the mystery: The collision explains the mysterious properties of two stars

A giant collision that occurred a few thousand years ago could explain a whole host of mysterious properties of a binary star system that would otherwise pose major problems for current theories. This is what was explained by the European Southern Observatory (ESO).Which tools were used to collect data. Astronomers became aware of the system because the two stars located there were distinctly different. But since these stars usually form together, they usually resemble each other like twins. The research team now assumes that there were once three stars, two of which collided with each other. This may also have created the “beautiful fog” that now shrouds the system.


As European Southern Observatory astronomer Abigail Frost explained, many of the data coming from the system didn't make sense. One of the two stars appeared much younger than the other, and at the same time it had a magnetic field, while its companion did not. In addition, it is rare for two stars to be surrounded by a nebula, in this case it is only 7,500 years old, hundreds of times younger than both stars. After all, large amounts of nitrogen, carbon, and oxygen were found in it, all elements that one would expect to actually find in the interior of a star, but not in its surroundings. It is “as if a violent event has set them free.” This is exactly the explanation. Discovery has been made In Science magazine.

The team hypothesizes that the star system originally consisted of three celestial bodies, two of which became increasingly closer to each other. The third circled around them at a greater distance. When the two inner stars finally collided, a new star was formed while a lot of material was thrown outward. We will now see its remains as fog. Meanwhile, the newly formed star appears to have become magnetic as a result of the merger, which would solve a mystery in astronomy. Because while low-mass stars like the Sun usually have a magnetic field, larger stars cannot sustain it for long. The magnetic field must have been created relatively recently – by this very fusion.

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