Astronomers have discovered the largest explosion in the history of the universe. It occurred in the center of the galaxy in the Ophiuchus cluster for hundreds of millions of light-years from Earth. This is stated in a study by scientists at their University of Curtin, published in the journal Astrophysical Journal.

The explosion occurred in a cluster of Ophiuchus galaxies at a distance of about 390 million light years from Earth. It was so powerful that it pierced a cavity in the plasma of the cluster – a huge array of very hot gas that surrounds a black hole.

The cavity pierced in the galactic cluster is so large that earlier astronomers observed it several times using radio telescopes, but did not connect the reasons for its appearance with an explosion of energy, the study says.

The source of the explosion was a black hole located in the center of one of the galaxies. Using four telescopes (Chandra X-ray Observatory, XMM-Newton, MWA and Metrewave (GMRT)), astronomers found that the explosion was about five times more powerful than the previous record event of this kind.

“We made this discovery using the MWA when the telescope had 2048 antennas aimed at the sky. Soon we are going to collect data using 4096 antennas, which should be ten times more sensitive”

Melanie Johnston-Hollitt, lead author of the study