NASA has detected a huge thermonuclear explosion that came from outer space. The problem seemed to be a distant pulsar, according to the space agency and the statement they gave to us, which is actually the stellar remains of a star, which blew up in a supernova. However, it was too small for it to form a black hole. NASA has spotted the burst because it sent an intense beam of x-rays, which was found by the agency’s orbital observatory called NICER – Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer.
This actually comes as a reminder that space is very dangerous and full of mysteries we cannot explain.
The explosion released in about 20 seconds the same amount of energy that our Sun released in about ten days, as per a research published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters just last month.
Peter Bult, an astrophysicist from NASA, stated that the burst was outstanding. He is the one who led the research, according to NASA. He then proceeded to say that they see a two-step change in brightness, which they think it is actually caused by the ejection of separate layers from the pulsar surface. There are also other features that should be able to help them in decoding the physics of the powerful events.
What was the reason behind the thermonuclear explosion?
Astronomers believe that the reason behind the thermonuclear explosion was the helium that sunk underneath the surface of the pulsar and attached into a ball full of carbon. Then, the helium erupted in an explosion and released a thermonuclear fireball across the entire pulsar surface. This was said by Zaven Arzoumanian, who is the head of NICER.