Scientists spotted jets of hot gas whizzing out of a supermassive black hole at the heart of a nearby galaxy
- Astronomers imaged jets of hot gas swirling out of a black hole at the heart of a nearby galaxy.
- Their findings suggest that all jets resemble one another, regardless of their black hole's mass.
- In 2019, the same researchers zoomed in on a black hole 6.5 billion times the mass of our sun.
At the heart of every galaxy lies a supermassive black hole, which consumes everything that comes within reach of its gravitational pull — almost everything, that is.
Scientists have spotted plasma jets — streams of energy and hot matter — fleeing the core of certain black holes at one-third the speed of light. Researchers still aren't certain how these jets form or escape celestial voids. But a new study gives astronomers more insight into the relationship between jets and their black hole parents.
Researchers at the Event Horizon Telescope collaboration — a group that reconstructed the first-ever image of a black hole two years ago — imaged plasma jets spewing from a black hole at the center of the Centaurus A galaxy, about 13 …
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