Researchers found a galaxy 'so chaotic that it is ripping itself apart,' according to Tanio Diaz-Santos from the Diego Portales University (UDP) in Chile.
    
Previous studies with NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) spacecraft showed that the galaxy, dubbed W2246-0526, is glowing in infrared light as intensely as approximately 350 trillion Suns.
    
Evidence strongly suggests that this galaxy is an obscured quasar, a very distant galaxy with a voraciously feeding super massive black hole at its centre that is completely obscured behind a thick blanket of dust, researchers said.
    
This galaxy's startling brightness is powered by a tiny, yet incredibly energetic disk of gas that is being superheated as it spirals in on the supermassive black hole.
    
The light from this blazingly bright accretion disk is then absorbed by the surrounding dust, which re-emits the energy as infrared light, they said.
    
The findings will be published in the journal Astrophysical Journal Letters.

 

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