Astronomers detect devastating transformationin far off galaxy
A team of astronomers in Chili have said that they have been able to discover sings indicating that W2246-0526 galaxy is undergoing a devastating transformation.
The W2246-0526 galaxy is located around 12.4 billion light years away from the Earth and is the most luminous galaxy in the universe. Experts said that the stars in the bright galaxy might be engulfed due to this devastating transformation.
The Chilean scientists said that the galaxy is violent and might tear itself apart. They believe that there might be a supermassive black hole at its centre that is totally obscured by a thick cloud of dust and might be feeding on nearby gas and destroying stars in the process. They said that black hole produces do much energy that it can shake up the entire gas of the universe.
Tanio Diaz-Santos of the Universidad Diego Portales in Santiago and lead author of the study, said, "Large amounts of this interstellar material were found in an extremely turbulent and dynamic state, careening throughout the galaxy at around 2 million km per hour."
The researchers used Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) to study the movement of gas and dust between the stars of the galaxy. They determined that the galaxy is extremely turbulent and this continues it could destroy itself and eject entire star forming gas and dust.
The study has been published in the last month's edition of the journal Astrophysical Journal Letters.
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