NASA shows how black hole powered jets turned a galaxy into a giant doughnut

National Post | News

What happens when a black hole 100 million times more massive than our sun ploughs into a galaxy? The galaxy forms a giant “doughnut” of blocked light around the black hole.

At least that’s what NASA shows in a recently released photograph which combines data from their Chandra X-ray Observatory (blue), visible light obtained with the Hubble Space Telescope (gold) and radio waves from the National Science Foundation’s Very Large Array (pink).

“This multi-wavelength view shows 4C+29.30, a galaxy located some 850 million light years from Earth. The radio emission comes from two jets of particles that are speeding at millions of miles per hour away from a supermassive black hole at the center of the galaxy,” the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics wrote in a release explaining the image.

The X-rays at the centre of the image represent gas that’s been heated to several million degrees by the blackhole’s intense gravitational effects…

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