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Artist's illustration of galaxy with jets from a supermassive black hole

Artist's illustration of galaxy with jets from a supermassive black hole


Date: 28 May 2015
Satellite: Hubble Space Telescope
Copyright: ESA/Hubble, L. Calçada (ESO)

This artist's impression illustrates how high-speed jets from supermassive black holes would look. These outflows of plasma are the result of the extraction of energy from a supermassive black hole's rotation as it consumes the disc of swirling material that surrounds it. These jets have very strong emissions at radio wavelengths.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
8-Feb-2023 04:56 UT

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