Again, NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory discovered a strange formation in the deep Universe. Namely, the astronomers spotted a mysterious cosmic ring in a distant galaxy, and it could be a ring of black holes.
The mysterious structure, resembling a circle made of powerful galactic radiations, is located in a galaxy at 300 million light years away from us, AM 0644-741, and is a ring of X-ray power, as the Observatory’s site describes it. However, according to NASA, the only explanation for its emissions of radiation would be that the mysterious cosmic ring is made of neutron stars or black holes.
Accompanying the announcement of the discovery, NASA’s engineers also came up with an astonishing composite image that reveals the strange formation of neutron stars or black holes. You can admire the pic NASA released just yesterday at the beginning of the article. Also, more details about the finding were issued in a report published in August in the Astrophysical Journal.
A mysterious cosmic ring at 300 million light years away from us might consist of neutron stars or black holes
AM 0644-741 is a so-called ‘ring’ galaxy that formed after a violent galactic impact. The collision, according to NASA, “produced an expanding ring of gas in AM 0644 that triggered the birth of new stars.”
But, what about the mysterious cosmic ring of neutron stars or black holes? Well, there is a simple explication for that. The massive stars, formed in the circle of gas and dust that resulted after the collision, ended their life cycle they turned into supernovae. Afterward, they became either black holes of about five to twenty solar masses or neutron stars of up to 1.5 solar masses.
“This ring may help scientists better understand what happens when galaxies smash into one another in catastrophic impacts,” said NASA officials.
However, surprisingly, the objects that form the mysterious cosmic ring are so bright that NASA’s Chandra cataloged them as “Ultraluminous X-ray Sources.” “This is a class of objects that produce hundreds to thousands of times more X-rays than most ‘normal’ binary systems in which a companion star is in orbit around a neutron star or black hole,” NASA’s scientists stated.
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