A Black Hole Overflows (NASA, Chandra, 2/2/09)

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    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.

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

    Read more/larger images:
    chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2009/cena/

    Learn more about Chandra:
    www.nasa.gov/chandra/

    p.s. You can see all of our Chandra photos in the Chandra Group in Flickr at: www.flickr.com/groups/chandranasa/ We'd love to have you as a member!

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    1. dardilrocks 64 months ago | reply

      It is beautiful and I always wondered what would happen if one ever got filled up? :)

    2. NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center 63 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the kind comments, everyone!

    3. Mals R 63 months ago | reply

      Wow! Stunning!

    4. algringo666 63 months ago | reply

      Simply Amazing

    5. Trois_Merlettes 63 months ago | reply

      Very unusual; great collaboration!

    6. NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center 63 months ago | reply

      Mals, Ringo, Trois -- I just now saw these nice comments. Thank you very much!

    7. Hi I'm Santi 62 months ago | reply

      Oh my god, I'm speechless

    8. ghostchildd88 [deleted] 58 months ago | reply

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    9. Gordon Freeman1 58 months ago | reply

      any other cool pics the universe offers?

    10. Jay 1211 [deleted] 57 months ago | reply

      sick!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    11. duiceburger 56 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called NASA - Public Domain, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    12. cylonlover1963 [deleted] 55 months ago | reply

      incredible photo

    13. darzan39 48 months ago | reply

      Foto (tutte) molto belle e interressanti !!!! OK

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    16. onefamousdog 47 months ago | reply

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    17. Rockin Robin 46 months ago | reply

      Awesome = Truly

    18. Sam Ann [deleted] 38 months ago | reply

      Ah, I grew up in such a household with so much space related talk, movies, shows, and things. The idea of a black hole has always scared the pants off of me ever since I was a little kid due to a talk with me father about black holes. This photo makes me think of black holes in a much more positive light.

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