Two Mysterious Flaring Objects Spotted In The Galaxy (Video)

First Posted: Oct 21, 2016 05:50 AM EDT

Astronomers spotted two mysterious unknown flaring objects in the neighboring galaxies. The glowing objects flare up with powerful levels of X-rays into the Universe brighter than the Sun. The astronomers are trying to figure out the origin of the mystic flaring objects.

Gregory Sivakoff, a researcher from the University of Alberta said that these are very rare phenomena. He further said that they have never seen anything that flares this brightly and repeats like this.

Science Alert reports that the X-rays emitted by the mysterious flaring objects are ultra-luminous X-ray sources (ULXs). On the other hand, their strange flaring is different from other cosmic phenomena. 

Jimmy Irwin, an astronomer from the University of Alabama said that they have never seen anything like this in the galaxies. He added that astronomers have seen many different objects that flare, but these may be examples of a wholly new phenomenon.

The objects were captured by the Chandra X-ray Observatory. On the other hand, the data was stored in the archive until it was found by the researchers from the University of Alabama. They scanned over 70 galaxies and found twos sources of flares, which were seen to flare up intensely before fading again, according to Daily Mail.

Peter Maksym, one of the researchers from the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics described the flares as extraordinary. He further said that for a brief period, one of the sources became one of the brightest ULX to ever be seen in an elliptical galaxy. On the other hand, the outbursts did not disrupt the systems in which the X-ray sources are located. 

The astronomers said that the possible outburst might be caused by a matter that has been pulled from a star falling into a black hole or to a neutron star. On the other hand, they are not certain about this and the mystery will still have to be solved. "Now that we have discovered these flaring objects, observational astronomers, and theorists alike are going to be working hard to figure out what's happening," said Sivakoff.


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