Unexplainable! Something Strange is Glowing at the Center of the Milky Way
As we continue to explore the solar system, our galaxy, and the universe, in general, we encounter things that we can’t comprehend.
The Milky Way’s Center is Shining too Brightly
One such mystery is located at the very heart of the Milky Way Galaxy; there’s something glowing at the center.
According to astronomers, there’s lots more diffuse gamma radiation than what we’re able to explain by what we can observe. It’s dubbed the Galactic Center GeV Excess (GCE), and for years have astronomers tried understanding and explaining what could be powering the excessive energetic light.
A few years ago, in 2015, astronomers leaned towards a generally acceptable explanation: a large population of dim neutron stars was causing the strange glow.
But a new study, published in the pre-print server arXiv casts doubts on that conclusion, and that there may be a flaw in that analysis.
“There’s something happening in the data we don’t understand,” explained Rebecca Leane, a theoretical physicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and co-author of the paper.