Two ‘dancing ghosts’ discovered one billion light-years away

Scientists in Australia were left perplexed by two mystifying shapes picked up by a powerful radio telescope located in the country.

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) were using the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) to explore the outer reaches of space when scientists came across what they described as two "dancing ghosts".

After finding the strange phenomena billion of light years away the Australian team were left clueless about what they were, reports Tech Explorist.

Lead researcher Professor Ray Norris from Western Sydney University and CSIRO said: “We are getting used to surprises as we scan the skies as part of the EMU Project and probe deeper into the Universe than any previous telescope.

"When you boldly go where no telescope has gone before, you are likely to make discoveries.”

After a week of studies the scientists reached the conclusion that they were looking at two host galaxies, with both hosting huge black holes at their centres.

The strange ghostly shapes that appeared to be dancing are caused by electrons bent into bewildering shapes by an intergalactic wind.

Prof Norris added: “Discoveries, however, always raise new questions, and this one is no different. We still don’t know where the wind is coming from? Why is it so tangled?

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"And what is causing the streams of radio emission? It will probably take many more observations and modelling before we understand any of these things.”

Thanks to the incredible power of ASKAP scientists are able to go deeper into space and map the universe further than ever before.

"Next door to the well-studied galaxy IC5063, we found a giant radio galaxy, one of the largest known, whose existence had never even been suspected.

"Its supermassive black hole is generating jets of electrons nearly 5 million light-years long. ASKAP is the only telescope in the world that can see the total extent of this faint emission.”

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