11.06.2021 – 10:15
Astronomers have discovered a giant star with unstable light, which is 100 times larger than the Sun. It is located near the “heart” of the Milky Way.
Based on telescope observations, it was discovered that over several hundred days, the extraordinarily large star, located 25,000 light-years away, dimmed the light by 97 percent and then slowly returned to its previous light.
The sudden and dramatic eclipse of this star was probably caused by a planet orbiting or by another star with a dust disk that passed in front of it and blocked the light, writes The Guardian, reports Gazeta Express.
“It seemed like it came out of nowhere,” said Dr. Leigh Smith from the Institute of Anatomy at Cambridge University for the sudden darkening of the star.
Because the large star was located in such a dense area of the universe, researchers wondered if an unknown object could have happened to stand in front of it by accident not being seen from Earth.
However, it is more likely that the sudden eclipse was caused by the dust disk of an orbiting planet or another star.