Our Galaxy has Weird Lobes

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Big, well-defined, spherical things above and below the center of the galaxy. Each one is about 25,000 light years across.

https://nasa.tumblr.com/post/17969020252...ma-ray-sky

They were never seen before now, because they are only visible in gamma-ray wavelengths. That fact suggests a very energetic process, and their position above and below the galactic center suggests (to me anyway) something to do with the giant black hole in the galactic hub. Maybe a less energetic analogue of the cosmic jets seen shooting out of some other galaxies' centers.

NASA photo:


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This is a NASA photo of Centaurus A, an active galaxy, with light and x-ray wavelength photos superimposed. The similarity is close enough to suggest a similar source. Our galaxy's lobes are much more symmetrical though.


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