Super-Powerful Supermassive Black Hole Winds, With The Force Of 1 Trillion Suns, Shape Galaxies

February 20, 2015 3:07 PM

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Super-Powerful Supermassive Black Hole Winds, With The Force Of 1 Trillion Suns, Shape Galaxies

When you think of a black hole, you picture a space where no light or matter can escape, where something like a powerful galactic vacuum cleaner has sucked everything up. While that's generally true, black holes have some rather interesting properties that astronomers are just beginning to understand. Supermassive black holes are at the center of most large galaxies, including the Milky Way. A new study based on data collected by telescopes from NASA and the European Space Agency are helping to prove a theory that these objects have powerful winds that shape galactic growth.

NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) and ESA's XMM-Newton telescope set their sights on PDS 456 and its supermassive black hole located 2 billion light-years away. The area around this black hole is active, with matter being drawn in by its gravitational pull while other matter is e...

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