NASA’s Osiris-Rex mission has been really busy while checking out the asteroid called Bennu.
It’s been revealed that during the past fall, it accidentally caught sight of quite an unexpected cosmic phenomenon when it detected an outburst from a newly discovered black hole that’s located about 30,000 light-years away.
CNET recently noted that the spacecraft’s Regolith X-Ray Imaging Spectrometer instrument had been built by students and researchers from MIT and Harvard.
ISS spotted the black hole before REXIS
The main aim fo the device is to measure X-rays emitted by the asteroid, but it just happens that it picked up a flare of X-rays from a black hole now named MAXI J0637-430, according to the same online publication.
It also seems that an instrument on the ISS spotted this black hole for the very first time just a week before the REXIS did it.
“REXIS, on the other hand, detected the same activity millions of miles from Earth while orbiting Bennu, the first such outburst ever detected from interplanetary space,” said NASA in a statement during the past week.
We recommend that you check out the complete statement that the space agency issued.
The black hole’s fire-up was spotted while analyzing Bennu
REXIS was analyzing the space around Bennu back on November 11 when it noticed the black hole’s fire-up.
It’s been also revealed that NASA managed to release a GIF that shows a visualization of this impressive outburst.
“Detecting this X-ray burst is a proud moment for the REXIS team. It means our instrument is performing as expected and to the level required of NASA science instruments,” according to the MIT graduate student Madeline Lambert.
NASA was in the spotlight not too long ago in relation to Mars. Experts believe that if there’s life on Mars, it could only be hiding in the deep underground caves.
As Sci-Fi as this theory might sound, it’s supported by NASA experts.