Gallery: Incredible Mirages In Space Show Dark Matter, Supernovas And Galaxies
How can an exploding star appear far brighter than expected? This question vexed astronomers since the discovery of PS1-10afx, supernova that was about 30 times more luminous than other Type 1A supernovas. Astronomers have just confirmed in Science that it was likely due to well-known illusion in space.
The mirage is called a gravitational lens that happens when a huge object in the foreground (like a galaxy) bends the light of an object in the background. Astronomers use this trick all the time to spy on galaxies and even to map dark matter, the mysterious substance believed to make up most of the universe.
Check out some spectacular images below of the phenomenon in action.
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Are OB Supergiants Dark-Matter Stars?
Dark Matter = primordial Bok Globules and Cometary (Bok) Globules?!
If the largest circa 100-300 solar mass Bok Globules collapsed to form the earliest, primordial Population III stars in the Universe, perhaps only smaller (1 light year in diameter by 2-50 solar-mass) Bok globules remain, containing pure hydrogen and helium from the early Universe which can’t gravitationally collapse without higher mass, density or metallicity.
Star-forming nebulae may form around OB supergiants that evaporate dark-matter Bok globules to form streaming cometary globules (called ‘cometary globules’ because of the cold dense tails of gas streaming away from super-intense OB supergiant radiation).
So blue supergiant stars may form new stellar nurseries from ubiquitous but normally-invisible dark-matter Bok globules, and the cold pure hydrogen/helium evaporating from cometary globules and mixing with higher-metallicity interstellar dust and gas may be the engines of galactic star formation.
Catastrophic compression of Bok globules by supernovae et al. may initiate gravitational collapse by spiking the gas density, forming new OB supergiants which in turn create new stellar nurseries to form the vastly more numerous dwarf stars.
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