- Tram Ho
According to CNN, the explosion originated in the center of Ophiuchus galaxy cluster, 390 million light-years away from Earth. Basically, galaxy clusters are the largest known structures in the universe, which contain thousands of galaxies linked together under the influence of gravity. The explosion comes from a supermassive black hole in the center of a galaxy in the Ophiuchus cluster.
Snapshot of a supermassive black hole explosion in an Ophiuchus galaxy cluster. Photo: CNN.
Reportedly, the first information about this huge explosion appeared in 2016. Chandra X-Ray telescope has captured images “abnormal curved edges” in this galaxy cluster. However, scientists at that time ruled out the possibility of such a large explosion of hot gas. After comparing data from four observatories, the scientists officially confirmed that the “curved edge” was actually the result of a giant explosion, breaking all previous records.
According to a statement by astronomers in the Astrophysical Journal published on February 27, this is the most powerful explosion recorded in the history of the universe since the Big Bang. Even the source of energy generated from this newly discovered explosion is 5 times larger than MS 0735 + 74, which was once known as the largest and most violent explosion in the universe. This power is so great that it created a hot air balloon that could hold 15 Milky Way bands.
” In a similar way, this explosion is similar to the way St. Helens volcano in America erupted in 1980. The biggest difference is that this explosion comes from size. You can insert 15 Milky Way A row inside the “crater” of this eruption is filled with hot air , “said Simona Giacintucci, director of research at the Naval Research Institute in Washington DC.
Chandra X-Ray telescope
According to CNN, the explosion was discovered by scientists at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington (USA) and the International Center for Radio Astrophysics Research in Western Australia. Astronomers made this observation using ground and space telescopes, including NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and Newton’s XMM-Newton X-ray Space Observatory. European Space Agency, Australia’s Murchison Widefield Array and the Giant Metrewave radio telescope in India.
X-ray data combined with the radio wavelength data of the ground telescope system has helped astronomers confirm the existence of the hole because it is adjacent to the radio emission container. These emissions are generated by electrons traveling at the speed of light inside energy rays emitted from the black hole.
Refer to CNN / Science Alert
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