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GMRT discovers giant radio galaxy 9 billion light-years away

7 November 2015 Astronomy Now

A team of astronomers working at the National Centre for Radio Astrophysics have discovered an extremely rare galaxy of gigantic size using the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT). Known as J021659-044920, the galaxy is located about 9 billion light-years away, emits powerful radio waves and has an enormous extent of 4 million light-years.

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Hubble reveals galaxy gas flow and star birth regulated by black-hole jets

10 August 2015 Astronomy Now

Astronomers have uncovered a unique process for how the universe’s largest elliptical galaxies continue making stars long after their peak years of star birth. NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope revealed brilliant knots and chains of hot, blue stars forming along the jets of active black holes found in the centres of giant elliptical galaxies.