The mystery underlying the Milky Way: Astronomers are still arguing after 70 years about mushroom clouds at the center of the galaxy … so were they caused by exploding stars or a black hole swallowing a cloud of gas?
- The strange cloud was first seen in the 1950s and is called the Arctic Spur.
- Experts offer several ideas, including exploding stars, but there is no evidence
- Now the new images may have helped solve the mystery at the center of our galaxy
The yellow clouds, winding tens of thousands of light-years up from the center of the Milky Way that have troubled astrophysicists for more than 70 years, may finally have an explanation.
Space experts spotted the celestial mystery hanging over our galactic home in the 1950s, naming it the Arctic Spur.
Initially, people believed that it was just part of the cosmic debris in the night sky, but some astronomers claim that it is part of a growing shock wave.
For this to be true, another cloud would be seen under the Milky Way, but no evidence of this was found, until in 2010 a space telescope took a very weak range of ways, glowing from two huge balloons.
Yellow clouds seen falling from the center of the Milky Way galaxy have been making experts scratch their heads for decades
And now new images from the orbiting telescope, known as eROSITA, have helped form two specific views.
Based on the energy needed to create the massive mushroom cloud bubbles, experts say the first option was a wave of thousands of stars that suddenly appeared and immediately erupted.
Alternatively, the supermassive black hole at the heart of our galaxy may have caught a large cloud of gas as it passes, eating away at half the cloud as its energy spews above and below the Milky Way, causing bubbles.
Jun Kataoka, an astronomer at Waseda University in Japan, said of the first idea: “The abundance of metals is very small.
New images from an orbiting telescope have helped astro-experts come up with two ideas about what yellow clouds are
“So I don’t believe the action of the starburst happened.”
And Peter Predel, an astrophysicist at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Germany, added that he agreed that the second idea was more likely:
He said: “We did an analysis.
“I think now.” [the debate] done, more or less. “
However, the teams agree that there was a massive explosion in the center of the galaxy about 15 million to 20 million years ago, which we can see today.
Last year, researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the California Institute of Technology and the Santiago High School suggested that the Milky Way galaxy may be home to extraterrestrial civilizations, but most are likely to be dead.
The statement comes from one who uses an updated version of an equation to calculate the likely existence of intelligent life, and determined aliens may have appeared about eight billion years after the formation of our galaxy.
With these results, the team incorporated the idea that advances in science and technology inevitably lead to the destruction of civilizations, and since humans have not yet made contact outside of our planet, scientists now believe they know why.