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[NASA] Galactic Lobes (More intersting than it sounds)

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Scientists have discovered gigantic structures 25,000 light-years tall ballooning above and below the Milky Way. Within each curved lobe, extremely energetic electrons of unknown origin interact with lower-energy light to generate the gamma rays that define these bubbles. The galactic-scale structures could be remnants from a burst of star formation or leftovers from an eruption by the supermassive black hole at our galaxy's center. Scientists aren't sure yet, but the more they learn about this amazing structure, which may be only a few million years old, the better we'll understand the Milky Way. While not immediately visible to NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, these unexpected features were brought into sharp relief by a group of scientists who processed data from Fermi's all-sky map. The visualization below shows how artists imagine the lobes would appear if gamma rays were visible to the naked eye.

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So our galaxy got a boob job?
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AMAZING! O.O!
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Who's got big balls??

We've got big balls!!
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This has been known for quite a while, though nice picture.
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leftovers from an eruption by the supermassive black hole at our galaxy's center

More likely this.
See "relativistic jet"
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This has been known for quite a while, though nice picture.

My friend follows this more, and showed me about it, and he's never heard of this till now. It's amazing though that we are 1 little 1 star in that picture. lol
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This sort of thing has been known about for ages, since at least 1985 through radio observations
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I heard these are supposed to explode? Not sure with true or just got trolled.
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I heard these are supposed to explode? Not sure with true or just got trolled.

No i don't think so there just left-overs and is not really contained within a "restriction" so there's nothing to explode.

But i'm not sure..
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