“It is like a pot of boiling water being heated up by a nuclear reactor in the center,” said Tanio Diaz-Santos of the Universidad Diego Portales in Santiago, Chile.

This galaxy, called W2246-0526, is the most luminous galaxy known, according to research published in 2015, based on data from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE). That means that it has the highest power output of any galaxy in the universe, and it would appear to shine the brightest if all galaxies were at the same distance from us.

The new study reveals that this galaxy is also expelling tremendously turbulent gas — a phenomenon never seen before in an object of this kind.

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