The universe is full of mysteries and mysteries. Millions of objects move unnoticed. In fact, there is no shortage of such objects lurking in our own Milky Way galaxy. We know very few of them, but they continue to affect our lives in different ways. As efforts to explore these objects continue, astronomers have discovered a new object, about 3,000-4,000 light-years away, emitting mysterious lightning. They suspect that this object may be the elusive black widow star, a fast-spinning pulsar, or a neutron star that thrives by slowly consuming its smaller companion star.

Black Widow’s stars are rare, as astronomers have found only about two dozen of them in the Milky Way. But researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), who discovered the mysterious object, believe it may be the strangest and strangest pulsar of a black widow of all. They have nominated the latest candidate ZTF J1406 + 1222.

The researchers said the new candidate has the shortest orbital period ever identified, with the pulsar and companion star orbiting each other every 62 minutes. The system is unique in that it appears to host a third star that orbits two inner stars every 10,000 years. added in a statement on the MIT website.

This three-star system raises questions about how it would form. MIT researchers have tested a theory of its origin: they believe the system probably originated from a dense constellation of old stars known as a globular cluster. This particular system may have moved away from the cluster to the center of the Milky Way.

“This system probably floated in the Milky Way longer than the sun existed,” said Kevin Burge, lead researcher and physicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s physics department.

Their research was published in the journal Nature. It describes how researchers have used a new approach to discover this three-star system. Most black widow binary numbers are detected by gamma and X-rays emitted by the central pulsar, but MIT researchers use visible light to detect this system.


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