December 26, 2007

Galactic death ray!

All I want for Christmas ...

A black hole blasting an immense jet of energy into a neighbouring galaxy has been observed by astronomers for the first time.

In a burst of galactic violence recorded by astronomers in the US space agency's ground and space-based observatories, the black hole of a "death star" is seen shooting the jet of radiation into the adjacent galaxy, NASA said.

The jet is so powerful that it wipes out any life in its path.

"We've seen many jets produced by black holes, but this is the first time we've seen one punch into another galaxy like we're seeing here," said Dan Evans, of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and leader of the study.

"This jet could be causing all sorts of problems for the smaller galaxy it is pummeling," said Mr Evans, who led the research team making the discovery.

And they thought global warming was bad.

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