An international team of astrophysicists has specified the location where powerful and highly energetic X-rays are being radiated out into space from within a region in space designed like a giant aquatic mammal known as a manatee. They have discovered the object’s spectrum at this location which indicates that there is a “non-classical acceleration process” where particles are being inserted and re-accelerated in awfully powerful jets of energy radiated by a black hole.
The astronomical object called SS 433 is known to house a black hole that is resulting in blasts of energy spewing out across the Milky Way through jets of highly energetic particles. Deemed the first known microquasar, it’s at the heart of the remainder of an exploded star in the constellation Aquila.
“This fascinating system looks like a beautiful Manatee in space and represents the only known supernova remnant in our galaxy (out of some 400 such objects) housing a black hole,” explains UM astrophysicist Dr. Samar Safi-Harb, Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Extreme Astrophysics and lead author of the paper that incorporates scientists from Canada, U.S., Europe, and South Korea.
Utilizing the European Space Agency’s XMM-Newton satellite and NASA’s NuSTAR satellite, the latest orbiting X-ray telescopes, along with data obtained from NASA’s Chandra X-ray telescope, this team of experimenters was able to point out the location of the ‘hardest’ X-ray emitting areas near SS 433, thought to be the onset of the eastern jet emission on massive scales.