A Galaxy’s Central Black Hole Beams Busting Loose!

August 31, 2011 at 6:56 PM (astronomy topics, curious research, current news, extraterrestrial studies, late night studies, science and technology)

The final frontier is very exciting!  There are astronomers, physicists, and various levels of scientists whom regularly study what is happening out there.  Right now, some of these researchers are reviewing received data regarding what appears to be a celestial phenomenon!

A galaxy that is officially entitled NGC 3393 has been dubbed S.P.E.C.A. (Spiral-host Episodic radio galaxy tracing Cluster Accretion).  It is located roughly 160 million light years away from Earth, and relatively near to The Milky Way, as far as distances of outer space are concerned.  It is a spiral galaxy, similar to our home.  Yet, S.P.E.C.A. is practically unique because it is only one of two known spiral galaxies with core jet ejections.  The other is NGC 6240, called The Starfish Galaxy, which is seen through the constellation Ophiuchus, and is situated 330 million light years away!

Particle jets spew from the central region of S.P.E.C.A..  A supermassive black hole at it’s galactic core is where immense streams of particles erupt and burst into space.  These beams are called active particle jets, or relativistic jets.  This is said to be an unusual action seen within studied spiral galaxies.  Scientists normally have found this kind of activity within elliptical galaxies.

Researchers with Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics have been the primary participants in the studies of this phenomenon.  This facility is located in Taiwan, where regular studies of the wonders of the universe occur.  Their studies have taken information acquired through The Chandra X-ray Observatory.  One scientist at this research station labeled S.P.E.C.A. as “the most exotic galaxy with a black hole ever seen”!

Black hole consumes star










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Mmm-hmm.  I see…..


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