Galactic burp: Gas from super black hole obscures light of bright galaxy's nucleus

June 20, 2014 10:39 AM

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NGC-5548 used to have a dazzling, bright heart. Not anymore. Last year, scientists discovered what used to be a brilliant nucleus has dimmed to a dark heart. This year, they found out that a stream of clumpy gas is the culprit that is blocking out the light. (Photo : ESA/Hubble and NASA. Acknowledgement: Davide de Martin.)

NGC-5548 used to have a dazzling, bright heart. Not anymore. Last year, scientists discovered what used to be a brilliant nucleus has dimmed to a dark heart. This year, they found out that a stream of clumpy gas is the culprit that is blocking out the light.

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