Dec 18, 2007

'Death Star Galaxy' blasts neighbours

A fleet of space and ground telescopes has captured images of a black hole in a "death star galaxy" blasting a neighboring galaxy with a jet of radiation and energy, according to a study released Monday by NASA.

"It's like a bully, a black-hole bully punching the nose of a passing galaxy," said astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York, who was not involved in the research.

The telescope images show a stream of deadly radiation particles being shot from the one galaxy into the lower section of the other, which is about one-10th its size. The galaxies are orbiting each other about 8.2 billion trillion miles from Earth.

The larger galaxy is called the "death star galaxy" by Daniel Evans of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, one of the researchers who discovered the galactic bullying. Link


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