A powerful “hot wind” has been sighted blowing through the universe.
The wind is said to come from a “hungry” neutron star that is in the process of devouring its neighbor.
Scientists hope the chilling discovery could teach us more about how extreme objects in the universe behave.
Since this behavior is very rarely observed in stars, little is currently known on the subject.
Researchers from the University of Southampton in the UK used the most powerful telescopes on Earth and in space to observe the celestial gust.
It has been said to come from something called the Low-Mass X-ray Binary (LMXB).
An LMXB is a natural space system that contains a neutron star or black hole that is engulfing something.
In this case it was a neutron star and this star was caught tearing apart its neighboring star.
This vigorous activity is propelling “wind disks” into space.
Wind is space is different than the wind we experience here on earth.
Space wind is technically made up of many energized particles all flying in the same direction.
The latest wind discovery is now referred to as Swift J1858.
Scientists have published a study of their findings in the journal Nature.
lead author dr Noel Castro Segura from the University of Southampton called: “Outbreaks like this one are rare, and each of them is unique.”
“They are usually heavily obscured by interstellar dust, which makes observing them very difficult.”
“Swift J1858 was special because, despite being on the other side of our galaxy, the obscuration was small enough to allow for a full multi-wavelength survey.”
Segura’s team discovered different types of space winds during their research.
Co-author Nathalie Degenaar from the University of Amsterdam added: “Neutron stars have an immensely strong gravitational pull that allows them to engulf gas from other stars.
“However, the stellar cannibals are messy eaters, and much of the gas that neutron stars pull towards them is not consumed, but instead is flung out into space at high speeds.”
“This behavior has major implications for both the neutron star itself and its immediate surroundings.
“In this article, we report a new discovery that provides important information about the chaotic eating habits of these cosmic Cookie Monsters.”
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