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Astronomers say these mysterious flaring objects could be an entirely new phenomenon

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posted on Oct, 21 2016 @ 11:46 PM
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Just an article i stumbled upon and sharing, it drew me in because it has "mystery" in the title and is quite interesting.



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Scientists have detected two mysterious objects in space that dramatically flare into a burst of bright X-rays, and they're like nothing we've ever seen before. These mysterious X-ray sources – which have been observed erupting in two different galaxies – qualify at their peak as what astronomers call ultraluminous X-ray sources (ULXs), but their unusual flaring behaviour doesn't match up with any known cosmic phenomena.

"We've never seen anything like this," says astronomer Jimmy Irwin from the University of Alabama. "Astronomers have seen many different objects that flare up, but these may be examples of an entirely new phenomenon."

So what's causing this to happen? The astronomers don't know for sure, but it's possible the outbursts are due to matter that's been sucked from a star falling onto a black hole – or potentially onto a neutron star.

In either case, it's a mystery scientists will be eager to solve, especially given the evidence that NGC 4697's outbursts don't seem to have been a fluke.


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posted on Oct, 22 2016 @ 12:04 AM
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Interesting. Thanks for a break outside Hillary vs. Trump

Although, so don't agree with the term new. Undiscovered sounds more legit. New just makes it sound click baity.

Eta: I know you just copied from title. So nothing against you
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Eta3: Never posting from my phone again.Wtf
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edit on 22-10-2016 by StolidPanda because: honestly how old is ATS. I've never had as much problem posting from mobile as here. You would think all the ad revenue and donations they could hire someone who actually knew how to do something instead of the definition and thought they did.



posted on Oct, 22 2016 @ 02:58 AM
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Maybe a lighthouse for spacecraft 🚀?



posted on Oct, 22 2016 @ 03:03 AM
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a reply to: Mianeye

It's the Armada... they're coming.


Looks like they have just enough to surround our planet.

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posted on Oct, 22 2016 @ 04:46 AM
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originally posted by: scubagravy
a reply to: Mianeye

It's the Armada... they're coming.


Looks like they have just enough to surround our planet.

Two of them, not quite an armada.
Closest one is 14 light years away.
Oh, you are joking.
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posted on Oct, 22 2016 @ 08:11 AM
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a reply to: Mianeye

These are our saviours - one looks like a giant CFL lightbulb - good for the environment - friendly invasion.



posted on Oct, 22 2016 @ 08:41 AM
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Starcraft that have massive drive malfunctions. The mass ends up as EM up and down the spectrum.

Make a wish.



posted on Oct, 22 2016 @ 08:54 AM
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Im glad there is "new"/undiscovered things like this in space, because how sad would it be if everything was solved and no longer mysterious? Thats somthing a sad future human will have to deal with haha!

Thanks for posting this.



posted on Oct, 22 2016 @ 10:02 AM
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originally posted by: TheConstruKctionofLight
a reply to: Mianeye

These are our saviours - one looks like a giant CFL lightbulb - good for the environment - friendly invasion.

CFL light bulbs contain mercury, albeit only in small amounts. So CFL light bulbs can be bad for the environment, unless people take the used CFL bulb to a special CFL light bulb reclamation drop-off point...

...which many people do not. It's easier for them to just throw in in the garbage, sending the mercury to the landfill. Even the proper procedure used by the reclamation center for extracting the mercury from CLF bulb wastes an additional amount of energy.

LED bulbs are better for the environment. They contain no mercury and last at least 20 years, and even longer. The long life of LED bulbs offsets the relatively higher consumer cost, and it offsets the relatively higher amount of energy and raw materials needed to produce them. Plus, fewer of them will end up in landfills.


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posted on Oct, 22 2016 @ 10:55 AM
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S & F, thanks for posting!



posted on Oct, 22 2016 @ 07:59 PM
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originally posted by: butcherguy

originally posted by: scubagravy
a reply to: Mianeye

It's the Armada... they're coming.


Looks like they have just enough to surround our planet.

Two of them, not quite an armada.
Closest one is 14 light years away.
Oh, you are joking.


Perhaps in those two, there are hundreds flying in close proximity in a group of just two, and maybe with our technology we can not define that as such.

But yeah, i'm joking.



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