For the first time, a distant galaxy was spotted by NASA radiating its light of 300 trillion suns. They call it the most luminous galaxy that was ever found.
The distance is said to be 12.5 light-years away which means the light that appears from the galaxy is from 12.5 billion years ago.
“We are looking at a very intense phase of galaxy evolution,” stated Chao-Wei Tsai of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., he is the head author of a new research about the discovery that appeared in The Astrophysical Journal.
NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer or WISE is a space telescope that circle around the Earth. WISE detected the galaxy as it swept the sky in infrared light, catching the radiance of hundreds of millions of objects.
The galaxy with its rather unsophisticated name of WISEJ224607.57-052635.0, is classified as a part of a new group of objects that was lately uncovered by WISE that they call extremely luminous infrared galaxies (ELIRGs).
Scientist say it is rather strange that this most luminous galaxy has a gigantic black hole at its center.
“Supermassive black holes draw gas and matter into a disk around them, heating the disk to roaring temperatures of millions of degrees and blasting out high-energy, visible, ultraviolet, and X-ray light,” according to a statement from NASA. “The light is blocked by surrounding cocoons of dust. As the dust heats up, it radiates infrared light.”