View Full Version : Could Mystery Outburst be a New Stellar Phenomena?

2009-Jan-06, 08:10 PM
The Hubble Space Telescope serendipitously captured a mysterious burst of light on February 21, 2006. Over the next 100 days, the object, cataloged as SCP 06F6, brightened and then slowly faded. Astronomers do not know the object's distance, so it can either be in our Milky Way galaxy or at a great [...]

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2009-Jan-06, 09:45 PM
There are a few ideas (http://arxiv.org/abs/0812.1402): a tidal destruction of a CO white dwarf (WD) by an intermediate-mass black hole (IMBH), a type Ia-like SN that exploded inside the dense wind of a carbon star, a Galactic source of an asteroid that collided with a WD, or a core collapse SN with a rare type of binary interaction.