Astronomers Discover Powerful Cosmic Double Whammy (Download PDF)

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Astronomers have discovered two of the most powerful phenomena in the universe. They are a supermassive black hole and the collision of giant galaxy clusters about 2 billion light years from Earth. It was discovered by both from India’s Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT) and NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory.

cosmic double whammy' discovered

Cosmic Double Whammy' Discovered

cosmic double whammy' discovered

Highlights of Discovery

  • These two phenomenons combined to create a stupendous cosmic particle accelerator.
  • This was the first time, scientists found cosmic combination in a pair of colliding galaxy clusters.
  • It was found from the two colliding galaxy clusters called Abell 3411 and Abell 3412 located about two billion light years from Earth.
  • These two clusters are very massive and each weighs about a quadrillion or a million billion times the mass of the Sun of our solar system.

About Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT)

 GMRT Back Shot View

GMRT Back Shot View

GMRT Back Shot View

  • Organisation: National Centre for Radio Astrophysics
  • Location(s) : 10 km east of Narayangaon, near Pune India
  • Built : First light 1995
  • Telescope style : array of 30 parabolic reflectors
  • Diameter : 45m
  • Collecting area : 47,713m
  • Naturally it is to observe many different astronomical objects such as galaxies, pulsars, supernovae, HII regions and Sun and solar winds.
  • It has been designed for investigating a variety of radio astrophysical problems, ranging from nearby Solar system to the edge of observable Universe.

About National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

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Image for Logo of NASA

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  • The NASA is an independent agency of the executive branch of the United States federal government responsible for the civilian space program as well as aeronautics and aerospace research.
  • Since 2011, NASA’s strategic goals are
  • Extend and sustain human activities across the solar system.
  • Expand scientific understanding of the Earth and the universe.
  • Create innovative new space technologies.
  • Advance aeronautics research.
  • Enable program and institutional capabilities to conduct NASA’s aeronautics and space activities.
  • Share NASA with the public, educators, and students to provide opportunities to participate.

- Published/Last Modified on: January 10, 2017

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