Talk about a big blowout!

For the first time ever, a galaxy has been observed blasting out cold, dense gas in vast quantities and at mind-boggling speed. This “galactic molecular outflow” from Galaxy SDSS J0905+57 has been clocked at speeds of up to 2 million miles per hour and shown to extend outward for tens of thousands of light-years.

The remarkable observation is a “new piece of evidence” in the understanding of how galaxies form, according to Dr. James Geach, a Royal Society university research fellow at the University of Hertfordshire’s Centre for Astrophysics Research in England and the leader of the international team of astronomers that made the observation.

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