Space news: Astronomers left puzzled by 350-year mystery of unexplained stellar explosion

Lead author Dipankar Banerjee of the Physical Research Laboratory Ahmedabad, India, added: “We did not suspect that this is what we would find.

“It was exciting when we found some gas travelling at the unexpectedly high speed of about seven million km/hour.

“This hinted at a different story about CK Vulpeculae than what had been theorized.”

By calculating the speed at which the nebula was expanding, as well as how much the wisps had moved in the last 10 years, the researchers found CK Vulpeculae sits about 10,000 light-year or 58,786,254,000,000,000 miles from the Sun.

The finding shows the object is located about five times further than previous estimates.


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