In the vast expanse of deep space, a peculiar celestial event, resembling the energetic antics of the famed Tasmanian devil, has left scientists perplexed. A luminous fast blue optical transient (LFBOT) explosion, dubbed AT2022tsd, is at the center of this cosmic riddle, located approximately a billion light-years from Earth.
What sets this space blast apart is its temporary nature and unparalleled energy, earning it the moniker “the Tasmanian devil.”
Following the initial spectacle of the LFBOT, astronomers observed an intriguing phenomenon—bright flashes, each lasting a few minutes, but as powerful as the original explosion.
These puzzling star bursts were first detected globally in 2018. This led to scientific inquiry that a corpse of a star can reanimate.
Tasmanian Devil lights up the sky
In a groundbreaking study published on November 15 in the online journal Nature, scientists propose that these post-LFBOT flashes might be the remnants of a dead star in the form of a black hole or neutron star.