After discussing a fantastic discovery made recently by experts about a mind-blowing black hole that’s lurking in our Milky Way galaxy, we’re addressing another exciting discovery related to these monsters in the universe.
It’s been just revealed that experts in Columbia are suggesting that radiation that lights the densest objects in the universe is powered by a mix of turbulence and reconnection of super-strong magnetic fields.
Black holes and neutron stars
For decades now, astronomers have been speculating all kinds of theories about the origin of electromagnetic radiation that’s emitted from the celestial zones that host black holes and neutron stars. These last two are called by SciTech Daily the most mysterious objects in the whole universe.
Experts believe that electrons generate this high-energy radiation which makes the neutron stars and black holes shine with such a huge brightness.
These electrons reportedly move extremely fast, and we’re talking about almost the speed of light here!
But it’s important to note that the process which is able to accelerate these particles in roder to reach such speeds is still a mystery.
The online publication mentioned above notes that experts from Columbia University have come up with a brand new explanation for a potential cause for the acceleration of these energetic particles.
What is boosting the particles to such enormous speeds?
In a study published online just the other day (November 27, 2019) and which will also be featured in the December issue of The Astrophysical Journal, experts Luca Comisso and Lorenzo Sironi have reportedly employed huge super-computer simulations.
These were able to calculate the mechanisms that accelerate the particles mentioned above so that they could reach such high speeds.
“Turbulence and magnetic reconnection conspire together to accelerate particles, boosting them to velocities that approach the speed of light,” according to Luca Comisso. He is the first author of the study.
We recommend that you head over to the original article published by SciTech Daily in roder to find out more details on the experts’ findings.