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A Tour of the Biggest Explosion Ever Seen in the Universe
A Tour of the Biggest Explosion Ever Seen in the Universe
Astronomers have discovered the biggest explosion seen in the Universe in a galaxy cluster 390 million light years away. (2020-02-27)


NGC 3627 in 60 Seconds

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Narrator (April Hobart, CXC): The spiral galaxy NGC 3627 is located about 30 million light years from Earth. Astronomers recently completed a survey of galaxies to look for supermassive black holes. Of the 62 galaxies, 37 - including NGC 3627 - were found to have X-ray sources at their centers and are candidates for being powered by supermassive black holes. Seven of these 37 were previously unknown. This result confirms other Chandra studies that show X-ray surveys are particularly good at finding supermassive black holes that are relatively inactive.

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