Monday, December 17, 2007

Galatic Violence: "Death Star" Galaxy Destruction

About 1.4 billion light years away in the constellation of Serpens, the "death star" galaxy is pummelling its neighboring galaxy. The 3C321 system contains two galaxies. The larger of the two systems is emanating a powerful jet of radiation from a super massive black hole that is blasting the smaller galaxy. For the full story read "'Death Star' Galaxy Black Hole Fires at Neighboring Galaxy" and "3C321: Black Hole Fires at Neighboring Galaxy" from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory. You might also want to check out "Caught on Tape: Death Star Galaxy" from the Washington Post.

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