Space belch: Swiftly moving gas streamer eclipses supermassive black hole

June 20, 2014 11:40 AM

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The newly discovered gas stream in NGC 5548 offers the first direct evidence of a shielding process that accelerates the powerful gas streams, or winds, to high speeds.

According to a report from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, an international team of astronomers has discovered unpredicted behavior from the supermassive black hole at the core of the galaxy NGC 5548, located 244.6 million light-years from Earth. Astronomers say this behavior may offer new insi...

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