NASA experts have just detected something unexpected in space. The space agency has discovered a huge thermonuclear explosion that came from outer space.
The explosion might have been a pulsar
This seems to be a distant pulsar, according to the space agency.
Just in case you don’t know, this is “the stellar remains of a star that blew up in a supernova but was too small to form a black hole,” according to the explanation coming from ScienceAlert.
It’s also worth noting that the space agency was able to spot the burst because it sent out an intense beam of x-rays that have gotten picked up by NASA’s observatory NICER.
The online publication mentioned above also notes that the explosion took place back in August and it released in 20 seconds the very same amount of energy that out sun would need 10 days to unleash.
The info comes from the research published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters back in October.
“This burst was outstanding,” NASA astrophysicist Peter Bult, research leader, said in NASA’s statement.
He continued and explained that “We see a two-step change in brightness, which we think is caused by the ejection of separate layers from the pulsar surface, and other features that will help us decode the physics of these powerful events.”
It was also revealed that astronomers believe that the thermonuclear explosion has been caused by helium that sunk beneath the surface of the pulsar and then fused into a ball of carbon.
NASA opened an untouched Apollo moon rock sample
NASA was recently in the spotlight again when it was reported that the space agency opened a sample that had been sealed and untouched for more than 40 years from the Apollo mission.
The sample of rock and regolith has been opened at the Johnson Space Center in Houston as part of NASA’s Apollo Next-Generation Sample Analysis initiative (ANGSA).