Researchers have raised the possibility of a kilonova explosion for the first time on Wednesday. The explosion created a ball of fire and a luminous substance spread out into space faster than they expected. This star cluster is known as CPD-29 176. The cluster is 11,400 light-years away from Earth. It was observed by NASA’s Neil Gehrels Swift Observatory. Both these neutron stars have a mass of about 2.7 times that of our Sun. These two stars were orbiting each other before they collided.
Scientists got new information
Astronomers with the 1.5-meter telescope in Chile know that this collision of stars will produce a kilonova. CPD-29 2176 is uncommon. Astronomers have always assumed that during a kilonova, the most dense star ejects another star from its system. But the existing neutron star has not done so. Scientists say that to produce a kilonova, another star must explode as an ultra-striped supernova, allowing two neutron stars to collide. If two neutron stars collide and cause a massive explosion in space, it is called a kilonova.
It will rain gold and silver!
A supernova explosion in space traditionally ejects the closest star from the system. Kilonova explosions occur when neutron stars collide. This causes high-energy particles to be ejected at high speeds, reports the Daily Mail.
They will be so hot that they emit radiant light. This will produce important elements like gold, silver and uranium. Kilonova explosions were first reported in 1974 and confirmed in 2013.