Astronomers have detected the largest known explosion in the universe since the Big Bang.
This explosion originated from a supermassive black hole located in the center of a galaxy in the Ophiuchus galaxy cluster, about 390 million light years from Earth.
Galaxy clusters are the largest structures in the universe, containing thousands of individual galaxies held together by gravity, dark matter, and hot gases.
According to research results published in The Astrophysical Journal on February 28, the recently discovered explosion released an energy level five times that of the previous record-holding event MS 0735 + 74, as powerful as the previous record-holder. MS 0735 + 74. The level creates a giant vacuum inside the superheated gas surrounding the black hole.
“We’ve seen explosions in the center of galaxies before, but this time the scale is really huge. We don’t know why it’s so big. The explosion happened very slowly, over hundreds of millions of years, ”said Melanie Johnston-Hollitt, research team member at the International Center for Radio Astronomy Research.