Active galaxy W2246-0526, illustration

Active galaxy W2246-0526, illustration

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Credit: NRAO/AUI/NSF/Dana Berry/SkyWorks/ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption: Active galaxy W2246-0526, illustration. This single galaxy glows in infrared light as intensely as 350 trillion suns. It is an Extremely Luminous Infrared Galaxy (ELIRG), thought to be an obscured quasar with a supermassive black hole at its centre. It is an obscured quasar known as a Hot Dust-Obscured Galaxy or Hot DOG. It is so violently turbulent that it may eventually jettison its entire supply of star-forming gas, evolving into an unobscured quasar. New observations of this galaxy were made with the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile. W2246-0526, in the constellation of Aquarius, is seen as it was around 12.4 billion years ago, in the early Universe. Illustration published in 2016.

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