|Death Star Galaxy|
|Right ascension||15h 31m 42.7s|
|Declination||+24° 04' 25.00"|
|Distance||1.2 billion light-years
(Light travel time)
|Apparent dimensions (V)||?|
|Apparent magnitude (V)||?|
|Notable features||A galaxy gets in the way of lethal radiation from its neighbor|
3C 321 is a system of two galaxies rotating around each other. They are notable for showing the first observed galaxy smiting another galaxy with a blast of energy, which is theorized to be from a supermassive black hole at the center of the former galaxy.
The larger galaxy, dubbed the "Death Star Galaxy" by NASA astronomers, has an energetic jet directed towards its companion. The discovery was announced by NASA Dec 18 2007. Observation of the enormous jet was possible due to the combined efforts of both space and ground-based telescopes.
- "NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database". Results for 3C 321. Retrieved 2010-04-26.
- "NASA Announces Discovery of Assault by a Black Hole". NASA.
- "'Death Star' Galaxy Black Hole Fires at Neighboring Galaxy". NASA.
- "Chandra :: Photo Album :: 3C321 :: 17 December 07". Harvard University.
- "Galaxy Blasts Neighbor with Deadly Jet". SPACE.com.
- "Galaxy Zapping Neighbor With Deathly Beam". Discovery Channel.
- "Source page for 3C321". extragalactic.info.
- "Image". Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics.