Strange ‘blinking’ star near heart of Milky Way catches scientists’ eyes
An artist’s portrayal of a massive star and a debris-covered companion that could explain the strange observation of an object dubbed VVV-IQ-08. (Image credit: Amanda Smith)
It’s not always a good sign when astronomers are blunt about how they observe them.
Such a confusing object, a project discovered in the galaxy survey called the Vista Variable, or VVV may appear just the second of its kind known to scientists – and one that appears to be particularly dramatic, according to new research. A team of scientists is at the end of the demonstration that such a bright star almost disappeared before their very eyes.
“Sometimes we don’t fit into any of the established divisions of variable stars, which we call it-is-this? ‘, Or’ intelligence ‘objects,” said co-author Philip Lucas, an astronomer at the University of Hertfordshire in the UK How these glowing monsters came to be.It is exciting to see VVV make such discoveries after so many years of planning and data collection.
The team of astronomers focused on observing the dub VVV-IQ-08 for an object survey it discovered. Strange vision is the direction of the center of the galaxy more than 25,000 light-years away from Earth, and researchers were able to see them not only with the VVV project, but also with optical gravitational lensing research (OGLE).
What exactly is the small object that scientists do not yet know.
Co-opted Sergei Koposov, an astronomer at the University of Edinburgh in the UK.