While innocently surveying the Cosmos, astronomers serendipitously stumbled across a particularly uncouth galaxy. NGC 660 unleashed an epic belch, an event that we could see 44 million light-years distant.
This event emanated from the galaxy’s core, around the likely location of a supermassive black hole.
“The discovery was entirely serendipitous. Our observations were spread over a few years, and when we looked at them, we found that one galaxy had changed over that time from being placid and quiescent to undergone a hugely energetic outburst at the end,” Robert Minchin, of Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, said in a statement.