Scientists call this an "Exotic Galaxy with a Black Hole Heart."
This strange, new found galaxy may help astronomers figure out how black holes and star formation evolved in the early universe, according to a new study.
The spiral galaxy, dubbed Speca, boasts fast-moving jets of particles rushing from its black hole center, a phenomenon more commonly observed in elliptical galaxies. In fact, Speca is just the second spiral known to have such jets.
These jets are spawned by a super massive black hole at the heart of Speca. Researchers hope studying the galaxy will yield insights into black holes, star birth and the interaction between the two.
"This is probably the most exotic galaxy with a black hole ever seen," said the study's principal investigator Ananda Hota, of the
and Astrophysics. She says, "It has the potential to teach us new lessons about how galaxies and clusters of galaxies formed and developed into what we see today." Institute of Astronomy
I love the concept of a black hole heart. And I can't wait to see what discoveries will come from this phenomenal find. Does it spark any 'what if' ideas or potential stories for anyone? I'd love to hear what you think.