Big Milky Way Bubbles Discovered Can Signal Massive Black Hole Eruption

By on Nov 10, 2010 in Astronomy, Science, World Comments
Milky Way Bubbles
Image Credit: The New York Times

Several news sites have reported that two gigantic bubbles of high-energy radiation erupting from the Milky Way‘s center that may have erupted from a supermassive black hole was detected by a group of scientists.

According to researchers, the source of the bubbles is a mystery and that may be an evidence of a burst of star formation a few million years ago or may have been produced when a supermassive black hole in the center of our galaxy gobbled up a bunch of gas and dust.

Reports said that the bubbles extend 25,000 light years up and down from each side of the galaxy and contain the energy equivalent to 100,000 supernova explosions.

Doug Finkbeiner of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics told the reporters on Novebember 9 “We were definitely looking for something. Some hints of this signal had been seen before, but not convincingly.”

Scientists are currently conducting more analysis to get a better understanding on what drives the newly discovered bubbles and what they can reveal about the nature of the Milky Way and the universe. Their findings about the issue will be published in an upcoming issue of The Astrophysical Journal.

Here is a video about the Milky Way Bubbles uploaded by MrAbkebab on YouTube.

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