Scientists are celebrating their first major discovery with SA’s powerful MeerKAT radio telescope, announcing on Wednesday that they have spotted a pair of giant elongated bubbles stretching out of the centre of the Milky Way.

The bubbles were probably formed in a violent eruption near the galaxy’s supermassive black hole between three and six-million years ago and shed new light on the origin of mysterious radio filaments that have puzzled astronomers for the past 35 years.

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