Using the Hubble Space Telescope, researchers have discovered a star moving at an incredible rate,media BGR reported. The white dwarf star is thought to have partially exploded, causing the remaining material of the star to fly at an incredible rate. The star’s speed is estimated to be around 560,000 miles per hour. Astronomers believe. In fact, the white dwarf appears to have experienced a “partial supernova” event, which caused it to be slammed into our galaxy.
The study was published in the Monthly Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society. Using data from the Hubble Space Telescope, the researchers found that the star was full of elements, meaning it did experience a supernova event, but it wasn’t completely destroyed. Instead, the white dwarf apparently ran out of “combustible fuel” that would burn in a supernova explosion, and much of its mass was not lost, but was thrown into the Milky Way like a star softball. The star has a mass of only 40% of our sun’s mass, an important clue, and it experienced a half-life star explosion.
So how fast can a star move when half of it becomes a supernova? Based on what scientists have observed from Hubble, the white dwarf appears to be moving at nearly 560,000 miles per hour.
Astronomers are curious about the events that caused the star to eject from its previous position, but they find it difficult to give a clear picture of what might have happened. The explosion would well mask any evidence that had happened, and the researchers could only assume that no matter what happened, it would be a supernova, unlike any event recorded.
“We now find that there are different types of white dwarfs that survive supernovae under different conditions, and using their composition, mass, and speed, we can figure out what type of supernova they experienced,” said the study’s lead author, Boris Gaensicke, in a statement. “Obviously, there’s a whole zoo there. The survivors of the supernova in the Milky Way will help us understand the numerous supernova explosions we see in other galaxies. “