NASA: "A Cataclysmic Event Has Occurred In Space But We Have No Idea What" - Physics-Astronomy.org

NASA: "A Cataclysmic Event Has Occurred In Space But We Have No Idea What"

NASA has reported a catastrophic event is taking place in space, but scientists are still investigating what exactly has happened or happening. Mysterious flashes of X-rays beamed towards Earth before vanishing just 24 hours later, leaving scientists to investigate the source. Initial findings suggest it came from a "completely new type of cataclysmic event". The phenomenon was captured by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, stemmed from a galaxy 10.7 billion light years away. The X-ray source, is located in the sky known as Chandra Deep Field-South (CDF-S).


A NASA spokesman said: “A mysterious flash of X-rays has been discovered byNASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory in the deepest X-ray image ever obtained. This source likely comes from some sort of destructive event in space, but may be of a variety that scientists have never seen before."

Co-author of this report, Kevin Schawinski from ETH Zurich in Switzerland, said: "We may have observed a completely new type of cataclysmic event. Whatever it is, a lot more observations are needed to work out what we’re seeing.”

Franz Bauer of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile in Santiago said: "Ever since discovering this source, we’ve been struggling to understand its origin. It’s like we have a jigsaw puzzle but we don’t have all of the pieces.”

This source was not detected in X-rays before October 2014, but then it became a factor of 1,000 brighter in a few hours.  After a day the source had gone completely and Chandra was no more able to detect it.

It took thousands of hours to fetch data from the Hubble and Spitzer Space Telescopes helped determine that the event likely came from a faint’s small galaxy about 10.7 billion lightyears from Earth.

There are some possibilities which explain the X-ray source raise gamma-ray burst (GRB) events.

After the collapse of a massive star or when a neutron star merge with another neutron star or black hole GRBs explode. The only possibility of detecting the gamma rays is when that gamma burst explosion has the direction towards earth.

Some heavy amount of energy emits in this process, isotropic radiation at X-ray and other wavelengths.

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