Ophiuchus Supercluster explosion

Active Galactic Nucleus outburst

NASA and others have published evidence for the biggest explosion seen in the Universe. It is not the first time such an explosion has been seen. This extremely powerful eruption occurred in the Ophiuchus Supercluster.[1][2]

Ophichus Constellation

The supercluster is about 390 million light years from Earth.[3] The explosion was caused by a super massive black hole spraying out jets of extremely active particles.[4]

This observation was made by various space-based and Earth-based observatories including the Hubble Space Telescope.[5]


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  2. "Chandra Press Room :: Most Powerful Eruption in the Universe Discovered :: January 5, 2005". chandra.harvard.edu. Retrieved 2020-02-29.
  3. Giacintucci, S.; Markevitch, M.; Johnston-Hollitt, M.; Wik, D. R.; Wang, Q. H. S.; Clarke, T. E. (4 February 2020). "Discovery of a Giant Radio Fossil in the Ophiuchus Galaxy Cluster". The Astrophysical Journal. 891: 1. arXiv:2002.01291. doi:10.3847/1538-4357/ab6a9d. S2CID 211020555.
  4. Werner, N.; Zhuravleva, I.; Canning, R. E. A.; Allen, S. W.; King, A. L.; Sanders, J. S.; Simionescu, A.; Taylor, G. B.; Morris, R. G.; Fabian, A. C. (2016). "Deep Chandra study of the truncated cool core of the Ophiuchus cluster". MNRAS. 460 (3): 2752–2764. Bibcode:2016MNRAS.460.2752W. doi:10.1093/mnras/stw1171. ISSN 0035-8711.
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