NASA Finds 'Death Star' Galaxy

Phenomenon blasts neighboring galaxy
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 18, 2007 4:02 AM CST
NASA Finds 'Death Star' Galaxy
This artist's impression of 3C321 shows the main galaxy and the companion galaxy. A jet of particles generated by a supermassive black hole at the center of the main galaxy is striking the companion galaxy. The jet is disrupted and deflected by this impact. Credit: Illustration: NASA/CXC/M. Weiss   (NASA/CXC/M. Weiss)

(Newser) – NASA astronomers have discovered a "death star galaxy" with a super massive black hole that is blasting a neighboring galaxy with deadly radiation. It's the first time scientists have witnessed such a phenomenon. The hungry black hole has been zapping a galaxy 20,000 light years away for about a million years, reports Space.com. 

story continues below

Although the massive jet of radiation is deadly, it may also be life-giving by helping new planets to form, scientists theorize. "Jets can be highly disruptive but create stellar nurseries," said an astrophysicist. "It's a fascinating sort of duality about how these high-energy phenomena influence the environments in which they're embedded." (Read more NASA stories.)

We use cookies. By Clicking "OK" or any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. Read more in our privacy policy.
Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.