Astronomers have observed a strange activity in our Milky Way Galaxy, dense cold gas discharge like bullets coming from the centre.
Observers using the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment operated by the European Southern Observatory in Chile noticed this phenomenon.
The researchers said that the discharge of gas could be detrimental to the galaxy and could have implications for its future.
They asserted that when a galaxy drives out a lot of mass, it loses some material which could be used in the star formation, adding that if the loss is huge in amount, then it will not be able to form stars at all.
“So, to be able to see hints of the Milky Way losing this star-forming gas is kind of exciting. It makes you wonder what’s going to happen next,” Australian National University professor Naomi McClure-Griffiths told ABC News.
The professor also stated “galaxies can be good at shooting themselves in the foot,” referring to the “smoking gun”.
She said that the galaxy was not only losing hot gas from its centre, but also cold and very dense gas, adding that because it is heavier, cold gas moves around less easily.
However, the scientists have not found out the reason behind the phenomenon. They are working to solve this mystery.