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NASA reveals discovery of 'TIE fighter' galaxy

By T.K. Randall
August 27, 2020 · Comment icon 1 comment



This galaxy has a familiar shape... Image Credit: NRAO
This remarkable new image really does show a galaxy far, far away - 500 million light years away to be exact.
Situated in the Cassiopeia constellation, this distant galaxy, which bears more than a passing resemblance to an Imperial TIE fighter from the Star Wars franchise, owes its unusual appearance to a supermassive black hole at its center which is bellowing out two huge jets of energy on either side.

Known formally as TXS 0128+554, the galaxy was observed by the Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) as well as by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory.

"It's classified as an active galaxy, which means all its stars together can't account for the amount of light it emits," the space agency wrote in a release on its website.
"An active galaxy's extra energy includes excess radio, X-ray, and gamma-ray light."

"Scientists think this emission arises from regions near its central black hole, where a swirling disk of gas and dust accumulates and heats up because of gravitational and frictional forces."



Source: CNET.com | Comments (1)


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Comment icon #1 Posted by South Alabam 2 years ago
"May the force of gravity be with you."


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