Something pretty surprising has been just discovered lurking in the distant universe these days.
Science outlets just revealed that a massive monster galaxy that dates back to the early days of the universe seems to have lived fast and perished young, according to experts.
The galaxy is called XMM-2599, and it’s been reported that this massive monster existed 12 billion years ago.
Also, it rapidly formed a multitude of stars and died, according to data and measurements that experts took using the W. M. Keck Observatory’s Multi-Object Spectrograph for Infrared Exploration.
This observatory is located somewhere close to the dormant Mauna Kea volcano in Hawaii.
“Even before the universe was 2 billion years old, XMM-2599 had already formed a mass of more than 300 billion suns, making it an ultra massive galaxy,” according to Benjamin Forrest, the lead study author.
He continued and explained that “More remarkably, we show that XMM-2599 formed most of its stars in a huge frenzy when the universe was less than 1 billion years old, and then became inactive by the time the universe was only 1.8 billion years old.”
The monster galaxy could create more than 1,000 solar masses of stars
When it was still “alive,” this galaxy was able to create over 1,000 solar masses of stars in just 12 months.
CNN notes that this is a really high rate of star formation in comparison with our galaxy for instance. Just so you understand better, Milky Way creates one star per year.
It’s been also revealed that “XMM-2599 may be a descendant of a population of high star-forming, dusty galaxies in the very early universe that new infrared telescopes have recently discovered,” according to Danilo Marchesini, the co-author of this study.
Milky Way made headlines not too long ago when we addressed a space anomaly that could make it possible to find millions of black holes around our galaxy.