Death Star Galaxy

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It is like a black hole bully, punching the nose of a passing galaxy
- Neil Tyson, Hayden Planetarium

A galaxy dubbed the ‘Death Star Galaxy’, located in system 3C321 [roughly 1.4 billion light-years from Earth], is releasing a ‘jet’ from the vicinity of the massive black hole at it’s center - which is smashing into a nearby smaller galaxy [galaxies are apparently ninjas too].

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"This jet could be causing all sorts of problems for the smaller galaxy it is pummeling."

The combined effects of this radiation and particles travelling at almost the speed of light could have disastrous consequences for the atmospheres of any Earth-like planets lying in the path of the jet.

For example, protective layers of ozone in the planet’s upper atmosphere could be destroyed, which could result in the mass extinction of any life that had evolved on the planet.

Neil Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York commented: "Black holes are famous for wreaking havoc on their environment. This particular black hole is disrupting its local region by dining on matter that wanders too close - which is the source of the energy for this jet.

::article via BBC News + NASA::

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Posted: December 18th, 2007
at 10:45am by orangemenace


Categories: myninjaplease,fo' real?,science

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