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Galactic "Super Volcano" eruption in M87


NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and NSF’s Very Large Array (VLA) captured this image of a galactic “super-volcano” eruption in M87 galaxy. This galaxy is about 50million light years away which lies at the center of the Virgo cluster.

This cosmic “eruption” based on radio observations with the VLA  (shown in red) suggests that M87 jets of very energetic particles produced by the black hole.   This particles rise through the X-ray emitting atmosphere of the cluster, lifting up the coolest gas near the center of M87 where new stars are formed.  The X-ray light (shown in blue) is the glowing hot gas.

Similar to that of the Eyjfjallajokull volcano in Iceland that happened a couple of months ago, with which pockets of hot gas blasted through the surface of the lava, generating shock waves that can be seen passing through the grey smoke of the volcano and then rises up in the atmosphere, dragging the dark ash with it.

Credits: X-ray: NASA/CXC/KIPAC/N. Werner et al Radio: NSF/NRAO/AUI/W. Cotton

  • Bnd1430

    Cool stuff, I wonder if starship traffic is effected in that area of space?