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Astronomers photograph colossal explosion

Posted on Tuesday, 10 November, 2015 | Comment icon 6 comments

The cluster contains the largest black hole in the known universe. Image Credit: NASA / STScl / NRAO / VLA
A distant galaxy cluster is home to the most powerful explosion to have occurred since the Big Bang.
Exhibiting a spectacular glow of bright blue and fluorescent pink this distant galaxy cluster may seem like little more than a harmless astronomical wonder, but inside its breathtaking exterior there lies an immense explosion that has been raging for the last 100 million years.

Having released as much energy as several hundred million gamma ray bursts, the engine at the heart of this colossal maelstrom is the largest black hole in the known universe - a monster or epic proportions with a mass more than 10 billion times that of our own sun.
Now new images of this incredible scene, which is located at a distance of 2.6 billion light years away, have been revealed for the first time thanks to a combination of images and data from multiple sources including the Hubble Space Telescope and the Chandra X-Ray Observatory.

The bright pink areas, which measure 600,000 light years across, are vast cavities blasted out by supersonic jets from the large galaxy that can be seen in the center of the image.

The blue areas, which represent x-rays, are regions filled with vast quantities of hot gas.

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Tags: Galaxy, Explosion

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by TheGreatBeliever on 10 November, 2015, 12:39
Imagine it happening near us! Wonder if any civilisation got wiped out bcos of that..
Comment icon #2 Posted by Dark_Grey on 10 November, 2015, 16:15
If they did, it was about 2.6 billion years ago...
Comment icon #3 Posted by whichisit on 10 November, 2015, 21:31
is this a photo taken from 2.6billion light years away? or just a computer sketch? if it is a real photo then damn why isnt there more of our own solar system
Comment icon #4 Posted by toast on 10 November, 2015, 22:07
is this a photo taken from 2.6billion light years away? or just a computer sketch? From the article: This combined X-ray, radio and visible light image of galaxy cluster MS 0735.6+7421 shows the continuing eruption of the most powerful explosion since the big bang.
Comment icon #5 Posted by BeastieRunner on 10 November, 2015, 22:49
Since the big bang? That's a pretty big explosion then!
Comment icon #6 Posted by pallidin on 11 November, 2015, 2:45
Wow! Surely this was the result of an alien LHC experiment gone wrong.

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