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Centre of the Milky Way ‘recently’ exploded

Centre of the Milky Way ‘recently’ exploded

Technology
The black hole at the centre of the Milky Way recently exploded according to new research, shooting expanding beams of energy into deep space like a nuclear lighthouse,New research has discovered that the event, known as a Seyfert flare, created two cones of ionising radiation which sliced through the galaxy and even impacted cosmic bodies outside of it. Occurring just 3.5 million years ago - practically last week on a cosmic scale - the flare was so powerful that it hit the Magellanic Stream, a trail of gas extending between the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, nearby dwarf galaxies. Image: Our sun is one of many stars which make up the Milky Way According to Australian and American researchers, the explosion was too huge to have b...
Milky Way’s centre exploded 3.5 million years ago

Milky Way’s centre exploded 3.5 million years ago

Science
A cataclysmic energy flare ripped through our galaxy, the Milky Way, about 3.5 million years ago, a team of astronomers say.They say the so-called Sifter flare started near the super massive black hole in the centre of the galaxy.The impact was felt 200,000 light-years away.The discovery that the Milky Way's centre was more dynamic than previously thought can lead to a complete reinterpretation of its evolution.Milky Way galaxy is warped and twisted, not flat"These results dramatically change our understanding of the Milky Way," says co-author Magma Guglielmo from the University of Sydney."We always thought about our Galaxy as an inactive galaxy, with a not so bright centre," she added. The flare created two enormous "ionisation ...