Supernova: One Ring to Rule Them All?

Image (Credit): Supernova Remnant J0624–6948. (NASA/CXC/A. Hobart)

Astronomers recently reported that a strange ring just outside of the Milky Way galaxy that may be an intergalactic supernova remnant. SciTechDaily had a story on the discovery first reported in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Initially detected by the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP), the object (later named J0624–6948) is believed to be located in the Large Magellanic Cloud, which is a satellite galaxy of the Milky Way.

Professor Miroslav Filipovic from Western Sydney University stated:

The most plausible explanation is that the object is an intergalactic Supernova Remnant due to an exploded star that resided in the Large Magellanic Cloud outskirts that had undergone a single-degenerate type Ia supernova which involves the explosion of two stars orbiting each other.

If you are a fan of The Lord of the Rings films, the image may remind you of another ring and accompanying poem:

Three Rings for the Elven-kings under the sky,
Seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone,
Nine for Mortal Men doomed to die,
One for the Dark Lord on his dark throne
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them,
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.

I have not sought comments from NASA on this connection just yet.

Image (Credit): Ring from the Fellowship of the Ring movie. (Warner Bros. Entertainment)