Astronomers Observe Supermassive Black Hole Expelling Fast Stream Of Gas

June 20, 2014 8:56 AM

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Astronomers Observe Supermassive Black Hole Expelling Fast Stream Of Gas

A team of astronomers has used data from several NASA and European Space Agency, or ESA, space observatories to discover “unexpected behavior” by a supermassive black hole located at the heart of a galaxy called “NGC 5548,” which is 244.6 million light-years from Earth.

Following the discovery of the NGC 5548 galaxy by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope in June 2013, astronomers detected an unusual, fast-moving stream of gas flowing outward from the galaxy's supermassive black hole, which was blocking 90 percent of its X-rays emissions. According to astronomers, the new...

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