DOES NASA’s Discovery Bring Us Closer to the Mayan Prophecy?
NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has unveiled a previously unseen structure centered in the Milky Way. The feature spans 50,000 light-years and may be the remnant of an eruption from a supersized black hole at the center of our galaxy.
“What we see are two gamma-ray-emitting bubbles that extend 25,000 light-years north and south of the galactic center,” said Doug Finkbeiner, an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass, who first recognized the feature. “We don’t fully understand their nature or origin.” (Gamma rays are the highest energy form of light.)
The structure spans more than half of the visible sky, from the constellation Virgo to the constellation Grus, and it may be millions of years old. A paper about the findings has been accepted for publication in The Astrophysical Journal. NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope has unveiled a previously unseen structure centered in the Milky Way.
The bubbles also appear to have well-defined edges. The structure’s shape and emissions suggest it was formed as a result of a large and relatively rapid energy release – the source of which, scientists say, remains a mystery.