Scientists put this composite image together using photos from the orbiting Chandra X-Ray Observatory. Dan Evans, the study leader at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge explained, “What we’ve identified is an act of violence by a black hole, with an unfortunate nearby galaxy in the line of fire.”
That’s right. A black hole is blasting an entire galaxy. According to a report in The Washington Post, “That energy, often in the form of highly charged gamma rays and X-rays, shoots out in powerful jets that can be millions of light-years long and 1,000 light-years wide.”
I don’t know what you think about when you look at this stunning image, but I wonder about the life forms that might exist in that far off galaxy. I marvel at the power of nature to prevail over puny organisms with an agenda of its own, planet Earth included.