A cosmic rosebud…This galaxy has far more exciting and futuristic classification than most…it hosts a megamaser. A megamaser is a process that involves some components within the galaxy (like gas) that is in the right physical condition to cause the amplification of light (in this case, microwaves). But there are other parts of the galaxy (like stars for example) that aren’t part of the maser process. Megamasers are intensely bright, around 100 million times brighter than the masers found…
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tight cluster of yellow and blue stars wreathed in dust - A Megamaser This galaxy has a far more exciting and futuristic classification than most — it hosts a megamaser. Megamasers are intensely bright, around 100 million times brighter than the masers found in galaxies like the Milky Way. The entire galaxy essentially acts as an astronomical laser that beams out microwave emission rather than visible light (hence the ‘m’ replacing the ‘l’).
Antares & friends Antares is a supergiant star with a stellar classification of M1.5Iab-b. It has a radius of approximately 883 times that of the Sun; if it were placed in the center of our solar system, its outer surface would lie between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter. via Dark Matter on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dark-Matter/113077625507306