Hot space projects produce cool cosmic discoveries

NASA, ESA and others' spacecraft and telescopes find new planet, make sense of old ones and solve cosmic mysteries

A catastrophic event: Scientists say a massive galaxy, known as SMM J1237+6203, underwent a series of blasts trillions of times more powerful than any caused by an atomic bomb. The blasts happened every second for millions of years, according to researchers led by Durham University's Department of Physics. Scientists believe the huge surge of energy was caused by either the outflow of debris from the galaxy's black hole or from powerful winds generated by dying stars exploding as supernovae. Using the Gemini Near-Infrared Integral Field Spectrometer built by the Australian National University's Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, the galaxy is so far away that it is now visible as it appeared 10 billion years ago, or 3 billion years after the Big Bang, when the universe was only one quarter of its present age, researchers stated.

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