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A giant cloud of superheated gas 6 million light years wide might be formed by the collective sigh of several supermassive black holes, scientists say.
The plasma cloud might be the source of mysterious cosmic rays that permeate our universe.
“One of the most exciting aspects of the discovery is the new questions it poses,” said study leader Philipp Kronberg of Los Alamos National Laboratories in New Mexico.
“For example, what kind of mechanism could create a cloud of such enormous dimensions that does not coincide with any single galaxy or galaxy cluster? Is that same mechanism connected to the mysterious source of ultra high energy cosmic rays that come from beyond our galaxy?”
"One reasonable interpretation is that the cloud represents the aggregate release of magnetic and cosmic ray energy from this grouping of galaxies, which is unusually concentrated," Kronberg told SPACE.com.
The cloud might be evidence that AGNs convert and transfer their enormous gravitational prowess, by a yet-unknown process, into magnetic fields and cosmic rays that spread across the universe.
Originally posted by Vixion
sorry i didnt read it all, i got to go in a min, at college, but after enought iem could it end up harbouring life ? so is that a possiblity for were ours started.