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Megamaser in IRAS 16399-0937

Megamaser in IRAS 16399-0937

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Megamaser in IRAS 16399-0937

Galaxy IRAS 16399-0937 hosts a megamaser, creating an intensely bright region that beams out microwave emission rather than visible light.

A megamaser is a process where gas clouds or other components within a galaxy radiate intense energy like microwaves. Think of this as an astronomical laser.

IRAS 16399-0937 is located 370 million light-years from Earth.

Image and source credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA

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