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The discovery of a rare binary star system that could cause a massive explosion that fills space with gold

By Amira Shehata

Wednesday, February 22, 2023 04:00 AM

Scientists have discovered A rare binary star system It could explode and fill space with gold, because it’s “one in 10 billion”, there are believed to be only 10 of this type in our entire galaxy, and experts in the US say the duo has it all. The perfect conditions to start a unique explosion when it eventually converges. , producing a burst 1,000 times brighter than the explosion Starburst Normal.

According to the British newspaper “Daily Mail”, this explosion will produce a bright flash of radioactive light, which produces large amounts of important elements such as silver, gold, platinum and uranium in space.

The unusual star cluster, known as CPD-29 2176, is located about 11,400 light-years from Earth and was first identified in 2004 by NASA’s Neil Gehrels Swift spacecraft.

Follow-up observations with the 1.5-meter SMART telescope at the Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory in Chile allowed astronomers to confirm that the system will one day produce a unique outflow because it also has a nearby neutron star. A large star ends up in its path.

These are massive explosions caused by neutron stars colliding with each other, sending intense jets of high-energy particles through space.

The researchers hope their discovery will help unlock the mystery of how such explosions, known as “kilonovas,” form.

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