In a scientific breakthrough, scientists have claimed to solve a 40-years-old bamboozling mystery of the celestial system. Scientists, while monitoring a snooping neutron star in the “Rapid Burster” system are likely to decipher a 40-year-old mystery neighboring it’s mystifying X-ray bursts in the binary-star system.
While observing the neutron star, the astronomers detected that the magnetic field of the ‘Rapid Burster’ is creating a break in the region of the star, which is significantly thwarting it from nourishing on the matter from its astral escort. The development of gas is taking place under certain circumstances, until it smacks the neutron star suddenly, creating powerful X-rays flashes. The scientists were able to make this discovery by using some high-end space telescopes including the XMM-Newton, powered by European Space Agency (ESA).
The discovery of ‘Rapid Burster’ took place in 1976 for the first time. It is a binary system consisting of a low-mass star as its primary one and a neutron star – the dense residue of a massive star’s death. It is an extraterrestrial object atypical group of sursauteurs X. Rapid Burster usually has two types of bursts like the so-called Type I bursts which are comparatively measured and quite rare and Type II bursts, which are much faster and rather common.
Most of the neutron star of the binary-star systems incessantly emits large amounts of X-rays, interrupted by extra X-ray flashes in each few hours or days. But since long, scientists have been baffled about the matter which is responsible for the Rapid Burster’s unexpected, unpredictable and very intense X-ray productions – a phenomenon that is only exclusive to one other binary system.
However, in the new research, the scientists discovered that the gravitational force of the neutron star covers its celestial companion from its gas, which eventually creates an accumulation disk and coiled toward the neutron star. The aftermaths of the research also provide the very first solid evidence about the causes of these supposed “type-II” bursts. Scientists took the help of the XMM-Newton mission of the European Space Agency, NASA’s NuSTAR (Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array), and Swift missions for conducting and concluding the experiment.