Today, Friday, astronomers discovered the largest cosmic explosion ever recorded, which is a fireball 100 times the size of the solar system that suddenly began igniting in the distant universe more than 3 years ago.
Scientists from the British University of “Southampton” indicate in their study that the explosion, called “AT2021lwx”, is 8 billion light-years old, and is two trillion times brighter than the sun, according to the “Space” website.
And they pointed out that the explosion is not the brightest flash ever observed in the universe, explaining that this record is still held by a gamma-ray burst, which occurred in October 2022, which was called “BOAT”, and which earned the title “ The brightest of all time.”
But they stressed that “AT2021lwx” is considered the largest explosion, because over the past three years it has released much more energy than the short “BOAT” flash produced.
The Zwicky Transient Facility in California detected the “AT2021lwx” explosion for the first time, during an automated sky survey in 2020, until it was observed again by scientists at the University of Southampton after they used more powerful telescopes.-
Its mass is about 33 billion times that of the Sun… The discovery of the largest black hole in space
Regarding the cause of the largest cosmic explosion witnessed by humanity in its history, scientists believe that it occurred as a result of a massive black hole devouring a cloud of gas and dust.
Scientists hope this explosion will explain how galaxies change and die.
You can also read the news in the source from the Russian Sputnik website