Chandra observatory detects mass coronal ejection from another star. Just spewing its fucking space guts!
The Chandra observatory has picked up another star just absolutely spewing its space guts. Yup, it detected a coronal mass ejection from a star other than our own.
This artist’s illustration depicts a coronal mass ejection, or CME, which involves a large-scale expulsion of material, and have frequently been observed on our Sun. A new study using the Chandra X-ray Observatory detected a CME from a star other than our own for the first time, providing a novel insight into these powerful phenomena. As the name implies these events occur in the corona, which is the outer atmosphere of a star.
This “extrasolar” CME was seen emanating from a star called HR 9024, which is located about 450 light years from Earth. This represents the first time that researchers have thoroughly identified and characterized a CME from a star other than our Sun. This event was marked by an intense flash of X-rays followed by the emission of a giant bubble of plasma, i.e., hot gas containing charged particles.
Image Credit: NNASA/CXC/INAF/Argiroffi, C. et al./S. Wiessinger