The TXS 0128+554 (TXS 0128 for brief) is a newly found galaxy positioned 500 million light-years away from us. It resides within the “Cassiopeia” constellation locked in by the drive of a supermassive black gap. This black gap is large and I imply a complete billion occasions large than our very personal Sun, in keeping with NASA.
However, the entire galaxy, when considered from a distance, truly has a form that roughly resembles a TIE Fighter spacecraft from Star Wars: A New Hope (Episode IV) which launched approach again in 1977.
A Galaxy of the Starfighters?
Now, the TIE Fighter jet has a novel bow-tie-like form, with a circle within the center and two vertical-flat wings on all sides. In the Star Wars universe, the TIE is an acronym for Twin Iron Engine. However, director George Lucas added the title as a result of he thought that the spacecraft merely had a design like ties.
So just lately, NASA scientist and a Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Purdue University in Indiana, Matthew Lister printed a paper describing the newest findings of a really distant galaxy that NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope traced nearly 5 years in the past. This was the TXS 0128 that I discussed earlier.
Now, because the discovery, scientists have been utilizing particular devices like Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) and NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory to additional examine the galaxy. And just lately they had been capable of seize a picture (beneath) of the TXS 0128 at 15.4 gigahertz from the Chandra X-ray Observatory.
The colours within the galaxy, which embody purple, pink, and yellow, depicts the depth of the radio alerts. It goes from low to excessive and adjustments its shade from purple to yellow.
So now, that you’ve got seen the form of the galaxy, check out the TIE Fighter jet from Star Wars: A New Hope.
So, as you’ll be able to see above, the resemblance is uncanny.
“The first time I saw the results, I immediately thought it looked like Darth Vader’s TIE fighter spacecraft from ‘Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope.’ That was a fun surprise, but its appearance at different radio frequencies also helped us learn more about how active galaxies can change dramatically on decade time scales.”, mentioned Matthew Lister.