NASA Snapped Nuclear Superbubbles In A Distant Alien Galaxy

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A team of researchers from NASA has captured images of a distant alien galaxy where nuclear superbubbles take place. The force of the nuclear explosions is on par with 100 Large Hadron Colliders.

A bubble duo was observed in a galaxy named NGC 3079, which located at a distance of 67 million light-years away from Earth. The so-called bubbles are in fact fields of high energy particles which stretch over almost 5,000 light years across one side of the galaxy and 3,600 light years in the other direction. That is an enormous feat if we take into consideration the fact that the influence of our sun is limited to two light years.

The exact mechanism which fuels the bubbles has remained a mystery, but the researchers are confident that the powerful processes are involved in the matter. The large scale of the phenomenon hints that force is on par with cataclysmic events like star birth the immense forces generated by the supermassive black hole located at the heart of the galaxy.

Nuclear superbubbles in a distant alien galaxy spotted by NASA

It is also thought that some of these processes emit cosmic rays, which travel through the solar system and some of them can touch Earth’s atmosphere. The NASA scientists were also able to capture impressive images that surprise the phenomenon in three different wavelengths: X-ray, radio light and optical. Four sets of images were recorded, with the earliest set being captured in 2001.

The phenomenon is rarely seen in the universe, but it was observed in other areas. It is also present in the Milky Way in the form of Fermi bubbles. These nuclear superbubbles are quite large, stretching from one side of the galaxy to the other, with the supermassive black hole in the middle. Astronomers believe that that they appeared when a supermassive black hole partially consumed a giant gas cloud.

The researchers believe that the newly-discovered nuclear superbubbles in a distant alien galaxy will allow them to find out more about the process that leads to their formation. The results were published in a peer-reviewed journal.


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