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Sun Oct 6, 2019, 07:54 PM

Milky Way's centre exploded 3.5 million years ago

Source: BBC

Milky Way's centre exploded 3.5 million years ago

6 October 2019

A cataclysmic energy flare ripped through our galaxy, the Milky Way, about 3.5 million years ago, a team of astronomers say.

They say the so-called Sifter flare started near the super massive black hole in the centre of the galaxy.

The impact was felt 200,000 light-years away.

The discovery that the Milky Way's centre was more dynamic than previously thought can lead to a complete reinterpretation of its evolution.


The findings will be published in the Astrophysical Journal.

Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-49955468

Artists' impression of the giant flare in the Milky Way (Press Association)

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