Scientists detect biggest explosion since Big Bang

first_imgBut new telescope data from Australia’sMurchison Widefield Array and India’s Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope seem toconfirm it. And that meant any black hole explosionwould have to have been unimaginably prodigious. The huge release of energy is thought tohave emanated from a supermassive black hole some 390 million light years fromEarth. Scientists at first doubted theirexplanation however, because the cavity was so big; you could fit 15 of our ownMilky Way galaxies in a row into the hole. The eruption is said to have left agiant dent in the Ophiuchus galaxy cluster. They had long thought there wassomething strange about Ophiuchus galaxy cluster, which is a giant aggregationcontaining thousands of individual galaxies intermingled with hot gas and darkmatter. X-ray telescopes had spied a curious curved edge to it. SCIENTISTS have detected evidence for acolossal explosion in space – five times bigger than anything observed before. center_img Black holes are famous for gorging oninfalling matter, but they will also expel prodigious amounts of material andenergy in the form of jets. “In some ways, this blast is similar tohow the eruption of Mount St Helens (volcano) in 1980 ripped off the top of themountain,” said Simona Giacintucci of the Naval Research Laboratory inWashington, DC, and lead author of the study. (BBC) The speculation was that this might bethe wall of a cavity that had been sculpted in its gas by emissions from acentral black hole. Researchers reported their findings inThe Astrophysical Journal. Images of the Ophiuchus galaxy cluster appear to confirm the explosion. CHANDRA X-RAY OBSERVATORY last_img

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