(ORDO NEWS) — Researchers have discovered the source of antimatter just 520 light years from Earth. By cosmic standards, it is very close to our planet. The source of antimatter is the giant star Betelgeuse in the constellation Orion.
Reported by Live Science
Betelgeuse is a red star that scientists have been studying for a long time. In the past year, scientists have renewed their interest in it. The reason was the sudden tarnishing of this celestial body.
Scientists agreed that now Betelgeuse may be the optimal place for the natural production of antimatter. Experts believe that the axioms that are there form antimatter.
The point is that axions do not interact with light. Moreover, there is a theory of the transformation of photons into axions. According to the theory, photons can change their state under the influence of a magnetic field.
Experts say the red giant star’s core is the optimal location. First, there is a huge amount of photons. Secondly, there is a strong magnetic field. This means that photons can turn into antimatter.
Given the size of Betelgeuse (Mass of a star = 20 Suns), this place may well become a factory for the mass production of antimatter. Such celestial bodies have a high level of thermonuclearity. The theory was confirmed by a physicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Such observations and transformations will soon help predict the explosion and the appearance of new stars. Also, scientists have not yet learned how to produce antimatter. But if she herself appears, then it will be possible to study more of her features.
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