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Spiral Galaxy Caught Misbehaving, Hubble Captures Image

First Posted: Jan 29, 2016 03:26 PM EST

NASA/ESA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured a remarkable image of a "misbehaving" spiral galaxy that is about one billion light-years away and found in the constellation of Eridanus. The galaxy was identified as LO95 0313-192, which has a similar shape to the Way Milky, according to a news release.

LO95 0313-192 has a massive central bulge along with arms of bright glowing gas that is surrounded by thick lanes of dark dust and its companion on the right is [LOY2001] J031549.8-190623.

The researchers made an unexpected discovery with this spiral galaxy. They found that LO95 0313-192 had intense radio jets spilling out from its center, even though it is a spiral galaxy. Jets, massive outbursts of hot gas moving at the speed of light are often released from the cores of giant elliptical galaxies and merging galaxies.

The team noted that the galaxy has two additional regions that are also strongly emitting in the radio part of the spectrum, which makes it even rarer. These finding of these jets' was followed by the discovery of three spiral galaxies with radio-emitting jets.

The discovery of such unusual spiral galaxies has raised a numerous concerns about the formation of jets within galaxies. 

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