Black hole caught blasting heavy metal in jets

November 13, 2013 6:04 PM

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Black hole caught blasting heavy metal in jets

Outburst contained iron ions accelerated to 66 percent of the speed of light.

Much of the matter falling onto a black hole is channeled into powerful jets that blast it back out into space. Astronomers have used Doppler measurements to determine that particles in jets are moving close to the speed of light, making black holes some of the Universe's most powerful accelerators....

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