NASA's Fermi Telescope Finds Giant Structure in our Galaxy [HD Video]

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NASA image release November 9, 2010

Using data from NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, scientists have recently discovered a gigantic, mysterious structure in our galaxy. This never-before-seen feature looks like a pair of bubbles extending above and below our galaxy's center.

But these enormous gamma-ray emitting lobes aren't immediately visible in the Fermi all-sky map. However, by processing the data, a group of scientists was able to bring these unexpected structures into sharp relief.

Each lobe is 25,000 light-years tall and the whole structure may be only a few million years old. Within the bubbles, extremely energetic electrons are interacting with lower-energy light to create gamma rays, but right now, no one knows the source of these electrons.

Are the bubbles remnants of a massive burst of star formation? Leftovers from an eruption by the supermassive black hole at our galaxy's center? Or or did these forces work in tandem to produce them? Scientists aren't sure yet, but the more they learn about this amazing structure, the better we'll understand the Milky Way.

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  1. o_r_i_t [deleted] 53 months ago | reply

    Are these specific to our galaxy or were they found in others as well?

  2. iAndy H 53 months ago | reply


  3. stopmangohome 53 months ago | reply

    very handsome galaxy

  4. 53 months ago | reply

    Best Friend Add Ever!

  5. _Marius_ 53 months ago | reply

    OMG! beautiful! but is it dangerous?

  6. Searoom SF 53 months ago | reply

    Considering it hasn't hurt us yet and it's been around for a few million years I doubt if it's "dangerous" to us... unless we go messing about inside it, of course!

  7. jonwc 53 months ago | reply

    OMG! Nature is inherently dangerous! The force to create this spectacle is enormous....

  8. AceSa 53 months ago | reply

    Surely the 'super-massive black hole' at the center our our galaxy (& all galaxies?) which spew out vast amounts of 'stuff' would produce exactly the sort of thing seen above?

  9. hugh_d 53 months ago | reply

    Are these bubbles definitely "above" and "below" the galaxy and not to its left and right?

  10. #1 Airsoft Mom 53 months ago | reply

    Wow. It's fantastic, amazing and a little scary all at the same time. But, wow!

  11. graceish☮ 53 months ago | reply

    WOAH! If the Universe gets any "cooler" (cool, like, "awesome"), I think my head will explode.

  12. Chungking Express 53 months ago | reply

    Looks like the Xeelee are at it again... ;)

  13. hey.pictrues 52 months ago | reply

    this is really amazing

  14. NASA WORKS 52 months ago | reply

    this is real???

  15. sfitzge308 52 months ago | reply

    Looks like a p-orbital.. the whole galaxy is just an atom, just like Donald Sutherland said in Animal House

  16. Sabrina.E 51 months ago | reply

    yEs, they do look like a P orbital. That is exactly what I thought when I first saw this. Simply amazing.

  17. just_ride_ranch 51 months ago | reply

    If this was a "central gallactic explosion" for what ever reason, we would see a sphere. This shape reminded me of an atomic orbital structure at first site as well. Gamma rays are electromagnetic radiation of high frequency (very short wavelength), wide range just above x-rays.They are produced by sub-atomic particle interactions of many types. It will be interesting to see from what they are produced. Pulsars, quasars...I have read accounts of a black hole at center of universe. The symetrical perpendicular shapes are quite devine. Dark matter and now this. Fascinating, as Spock would say! Marc

  18. yenicahyaningrum 19 months ago | reply

    Subhanallah, maha besar Allah dengan segala ciptaanya. . .

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