Astronomers Spot Alien Invader In Our Galaxy
Astronomers have discovered a possible alien invader in our own galaxy. They have stumbled upon an alien star that originated outside of the Milky Way.
Originally discovered in 2015, the cosmic body emits a chemical fingerprint different to other stars in our galaxy. This gives the indication that it did not originate in our galactic backyard. The chemical makeup of the star is like no other in the Milky Way galaxy. In fact, astronomers believe in a nearby dwarf galaxy, as the chemical fingerprints of those stars are a match.
The star, which is officially called J1124+4535, likely became part of our galaxy when its smaller home galaxy collided with our own a long time ago. They have theorized that J1124+4535 was left in our neighborhood after the collision.
Astronomers spotted the star in the constellation Ursa Major. Using the Large Sky Area Multi-Object Fiber Spectroscopic Telescope (LAMOST) in China they first detected the star in 2015.
Researchers noted an odd imbalance in the makeup of the star. J1124+4535 had relatively low levels of magnesium in comparison to the surrounding Milky Way stars. Furthermore, it had exceptionally high levels of europium which is quite unique for the star’s location.
Elements in the star’s composition reflect the area in which the star was born. Neighboring stars often have very similar elemental signatures as the same materials were used in the creation of these cosmic bodies. However, if a star’s chemical fingerprint stands out in comparison to the surrounding stars, astronomers must look elsewhere for its origins.
Alien Star Formation
The formation of the Milky Way happened with the coming together of smaller galaxies. The Milky Way, in essence, absorbed the smaller galaxies it collided with.
Scientists have reported that low-metal stars such as J1124+4535 are common in orbiting dwarf galaxies.
The study states that analysis of this star is the “the clearest chemical signature” we have of the ancient galactic merger and formation of our Milky Way. Our galaxy’s 13.51 billion-year-old history is filled with destruction.
Collision with other galaxies is a part of our history. Throughout its lifetime, the Milkway Way galaxy has collided with many neighboring galaxies and will continue to do so as time passes by.
Scientists have predicted that our Milky Way will collide with another galaxy. But this time it will not be a dwarf galaxy. Currently, we are on a collision course for the Large Magellanic Cloud – a large satellite galaxy. However, this is predicted to occur in another 2 billion years. Then, another 2 to 3 billion years later we are predicted to slam into the Andromeda Galaxy.
There are roughly 250 billion ± 150 billion stars in the Milky Way galaxy. Many of them act accordingly. However, there are a few that astronomers are looking at with a peculiar eye.
Astronomers from Chile have reported finding a new dimming star. The name of the star discovered is VVV-WIT-07. It is believed the discovery is similar to KIC 8462852(Tabby’s star) which showed irregular light emitting patterns.
The astronomers discovered the anomaly whilst looking through data from the VISTA Variables Program. This program studies the center of our Milky Way galaxy.
The observations took place over an eight-year study between 2010 and 2018. They noticed data of increased and decreased light fluctuation that baffled the team. When they predicted it would brighten, the star would actually dim. They were unsure of what could be causing this bizarre reaction.
It is safe to say that in the vast open space of our galaxy, there are numerous anomalies.
The question of alien life is something that has plagued alien news outlet centers for many years. Unanswered questions and credible stories still remain open to this day. Are we alone?
Hopefully, someday the answer will come our way.
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