The Whirlpool Galaxy is a sophisticated structure

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The Whirlpool Galaxy, also known as the Galactic Whirlpool, is a large region of the Galaxy that contains the Whirlpool galaxy, the source of most of the energy used in the life cycle of the Galaxies. The galactic radiation of the Whirlpool is powerful enough to drive the evolution of all known species in its Galaxy.

Mostly located to the lower right quadrant. The galaxy is known as a “sophisticated” structure, and has several star clusters that are of particular interest for astronomers. Due to its proximity to the galaxy’s outer edge, the galaxy also is a member of the Virgo Cluster.

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In the Eridanus systems, the Whirlpool galaxy is surrounded by a massive galaxy cluster, known as the Canis Major Cluster, as well as the Milky Way Galaxy. The galaxy cluster containing the Whirlpool Galaxy is thought to be in a supernova crisis, and all stars in the cluster are in danger of going supernova within fifty to one hundred thousand years.

Astronomer hypotheses on Whirlpool Galaxys

Astronomers have hypothesized that the galaxy, as a result of the supernova crisis, has been shrinking, thus losing star clusters. However, this theory has been disputed as its not fully understood. The galaxy has also been observed to be in a period of stellar activity, which is believed to be part of a cyclical fluctuation of the galactic core. The Milky Way and Canis Major cluster are believed to have a mutual magnetic attraction; the Milky Way’s magnetic field lines interact with and draw electricity and mass from the galactic core and is believed to be responsible for galactic rotation.

There is so much, but at the same time, so little we know about the universe. Until we can build space ships or even advanced probes to explore the universe, we can only theorize using science and our best guess. We still have much to learn about our local system yet alone the universe at large, one thing is still very clear. For now, at least, space will remain our final frontier.

Image By NASA and European Space Agency

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