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A Black Hole Overflows (NASA, Chandra, 2/2/09) | by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center
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A Black Hole Overflows (NASA, Chandra, 2/2/09)

NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has helped create a spectacular view of Centaurus A that shows the effects of a supermassive black hole. At the center of this nearby galaxy, a central black hole powers jets and lobes that flare against a background of stars and stardust. In the upper left of the image, an X-ray jet extends about 13,000 light years away from the black hole. The material in that jet is travelling at about half the speed of light.


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X-ray: NASA/CXC/CfA/R.Kraft et al.; Submillimeter: MPIfR/ESO/APEX/A.Weiss et al.; Optical: ESO/WFI


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Uploaded on February 2, 2009