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A Black Hole Overflows From Galaxy Centaurus A

Credits: X-ray: NASA/CXC/CfA/R.Kraft et al.; Submillimeter: MPIfR/ESO/APEX/A.Weiss et al.; Optical: ESO/WFI. For larger version of this picture please go here.
by Staff Writers
Boston MA (SPX) Feb 05, 2009
This image of Centaurus A shows a spectacular new view of a supermassive black hole's power.

Jets and lobes powered by the central black hole in this nearby galaxy are shown by submillimeter data (colored orange) from the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX) telescope in Chile and X-ray data (colored blue) from the Chandra X-ray Observatory.

Visible light data from the Wide Field Imager on the Max-Planck/ESO 2.2 m telescope, also located in Chile, shows the dust lane in the galaxy and background stars.

The X-ray jet in the upper left extends for about 13,000 light years away from the black hole.

The APEX data shows that material in the jet is travelling at about half the speed of light.

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Link Between Black Holes And Galaxy Formation
Austin TX (SPX) Feb 03, 2009
A pair of astronomers from Texas and Germany have used a telescope at The University of Texas at Austin's McDonald Observatory together with Hubble Space Telescope and many other telescopes around the world to uncover new evidence that the largest, most massive galaxies in the universe and the supermassive black holes at their hearts grew together over time.







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