Thursday, 22 December 2016

Scientists discover what could be the brightest and most powerful supernova in history

Scientists discover what could be the brightest and most powerful supernova in history

Within the infinite universe, there is a fascinating phenomenon of which its origin is still unknown, since there are several theories of how it is formed. The supernovae are the most luminous bodies that exist in the galaxy and roughly have a stellar explosion that manifests through an intense and bright light.

This week, the vast scientific community is within one of the biggest debates in its history, as a group of astronomers from the Carnegie Institution for Science, the Kavli Foundation and the Ohio State University have discovered what could be the more powerful supernova on record in the history of astronomy has.

570 billion times brighter than our Sun
This supernova, named ASASSN-15lh (All Sky Automated Survey for supernovae) is 3,800 million light years from Earth, and what has surprised the scientific community is that its brightness is 200 times more powerful than a supernova " Normal ", that is to say, 570,000 million times brighter than our Sun, a power that to be equaled would be necessary to gather 2,000,000 stars of the Milky Way.

The mystery behind this supernova, and astronomers can not yet decipher, it is the source of their power, as some scientists say is a Magnetar, a mysterious powered neutron star with an extremely strong magnetic field. The funny thing about this is that a magnetar with this power has never been discovered before.

Scientists discover what could be the brightest and most powerful supernova in history

Since June 14, 2015, this supernova has been releasing an impressive amount of energy, so the next step is to ask for the intervention of the Hubble Space Telescope, to study further the characteristics of this strange phenomenon, never before seen in the galaxy.

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