W2246-0526, coined as the brightest galaxy ever discovered, radiates a high output of energy and has been observed to throw a high quantity of dust into interstellar space. Scientists studying the galactic formation have their reason to believe that the brightest galaxy is on the verge of collapse.
The luminous galaxy experience turbulences
According to a study published last year, W2246-0526 has been declared the brightest galaxy even discovered by humanity. The discovery was made possible by the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, NASA’s state-of-the-art spectrometers.
But it would seem that something managed to disturb the sleeping Titan. During recent observation, scientists have discovered that the galaxy has begun to expel a high quantity of gas into interstellar space.
Roberto Assef, a fellow scientist working for the University of Diego Portales, declared that the galaxy might be on the verge of tearing itself apart. The scientists also stated that the reason why the galaxy has begun to expel so much gas in all direction is because the energy of the particle which makes up the gas is very high.
W2246-0526, the luminous giant is located at 12.4 billion light-years from Earth. According to their estimations and to the latest research, the galaxy is actually a very bright quasar, which has the power of 350 trillion Suns.
The Reason behind W2246-0526’s collapse is supermassive Black Hole
Using the ALMA observatory, scientists have begun to follow the traces of ionized gas coming from the galaxy. The observatory was even able to ascertain the galaxy’s age. It would seem that W2246-0526 formed 1 billion years after the Big Bang.
Now, using the data collected from WISE and ALMA, researchers have discovered that the reason behind the galaxy’s downfall is a supermassive black hole, situated in the center of the forlorn galaxy.
Surprisingly, although everyone was expecting to find a really big Black Hole of the center of this galaxy, it would seem that the culprit is small compared to the galaxy itself. The scientists have determined that the grubbing black hole’s event horizon is one million times tinier than the rest of the galaxy.
Nevertheless, the Black Hole gravitational pull was still able to affect the luminous giant.
Asked about the outcome of this event, Roberto Assef said there can be only one. Eventually, the galaxy will be capable of blowing away all the dust and the gas which hover around it. After that, the only thing we will see will be the galaxy’s accretion disk.
The brightest galaxy is on the verge of collapse according to the recent research. More on the luminous giant. It would seem that W2246-0526 belongs to a class of celestial objects called Hot, Dust-obscured galaxies. According to estimates, only 1 in 3000 galaxies belong to this class.