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Wind from galactic black hole, artwork

Wind from galactic black hole, artwork

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ATG MEDIALAB / EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY ATG MEDIALAB / EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Wind from galactic black hole. Illustration of the accretion disc (orange) and black hole wind (blue) generated by a supermassive black hole at the centre of a galaxy. This phenomenon, where winds and jets generated by a black hole force material outwards, was discovered by astronomers using observations made by the Herschel Space Observatory and the Suzaku X-ray astronomy satellite. This black hole wind can drive away the raw material (molecular gas, across top) that would form new stars in the galaxy. This illustration was published in 2015.

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