A new star explodes in the constellation Ophiuchus every 15 years
Astronomers with the help of MAGIC telescopes have discovered a massive explosion of a new star caused by a pair of stars in the constellation Ophiuchus.
A double star system located 5,000 light-years from Earth and exploding with a new star every 15 years.
RS Ophiuchi (RS Oph) is located in the constellation Ophiuchus and consists of a white dwarf and a red giant, which is on the verge of a supernova explosion.
Homeland of the new star is a system in which there are two very different stars, usually a smaller and a larger star, writes dailymail.co.uk
In this case, a white dwarf, a small, burnt and dense star, in which a teaspoon of matter weighs 1 ton, revolves around a red giant, an old star that will soon burn.
The dying giant star feeds the white dwarf with a substance that dumps its outer hydrogen layer. This flow of matter continues until the white dwarf eats up and explodes.
During the explosion, MAGIC telescopes detected gamma rays with a capacity of 250 gigaelectronvolts (GeV), which is one hundred billion times more powerful than visible light.