Scientists have discovered the biggest explosion in the universe, but of course after the Big Bang!
Where and How was the biggest explosion in the Universe identified?
Scientists have observed and discovered the biggest explosion in the universe relatively “close” to us. The explosion occurred 390 million light-years from Earth in the galaxy cluster ophiuchus. A galaxy cluster is one of the largest structures in the universe, containing thousands of individual galaxies of dark matter and hot gas, which are held together by gravity.
The explosion had already been observed by astronomers for some time, but it is so big that they thought something was wrong, either with the equipment or with the calculations. But months of studies later and the use of various astronomical equipment proved that the explosion really happened. Reported by the scientists in an article published in The Astrophysical Journal, as the largest space explosion ever recorded since the Big Bang that occurred 13.8 billion years ago. Proven through combined data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, ESA's XMM-Newton, the Widefield Murchison Array and the Metrewave Giant Telescope.
The explosion was identified after scientists observed an abnormal curve in the Ophiuchus cluster, and confirmed after studies. This curve was observed in the Hot Gas that exists there, next to a super massive black hole. The Curve or Hole caused by the explosion is so big that about 15 Milky Ways can fit inside it!
Where would it have come from?
In the Ophiuchus Cluster of Galaxies, there is a large galaxy with a Supermassive Black Hole, from which the blast energy would have been released. The explosion was such that energy equivalent to 1 billion supernovae! For comparison, the identified explosion is 5 times larger than the previous record holder for the biggest explosion in the universe, which had been observed in the MS chip 0735.6+7421.
But it is not yet known exactly how it occurred, or why. The discovery makes scientists begin to doubt what is known about the functioning of black holes, and that probably finally with more technological advancement other similar explosions can be discovered.