NASA has confirmed that it has discovered the “most luminous galaxy in the universe”, and it’s so bright that it is thought to be as bright as 300 TRILLION suns, with a huge black hole at its core.
The galaxy, with a catchy and easy to remember name, J224607.57-052635.0, is in “a very intense phase of galaxy evolution,” but it has taken the light a staggering 12.5 billion years to reach us here on Earth.
Experts behind the discovery are said to believe that the huge black hole draws in material and gas from around its location in the galaxy, which is heated to millions of degrees.
In doing this it creates a near-permanent blast of high-energy, with both X-ray and ultraviolet energy which then heats up a vast cloud of dust that surrounds it, with the process subsequently making the galaxy glows exceptionally brightly, particularly so given it’s in the infinite darkness of space.
This fascinating new finding has recently been published in the Astrophysical Journal, and was made via NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) satellite.
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