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Spectacular Jets of a Supermassive Black Hole

By on Dec 4, 2012 in Pictures | 0 comments

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Compass and Scale Image of Hercules A


This is a picture of a supermassive black hole located in Hercules A. You can see the two extremely large jets shooting out from the core of the black hole. This galaxy is located 2.1 billion¬†light years away and also 1000 times the mass of our own milky way. The jets themselves are about 1 and half million light years long! It’s quite a beauty to look at even though we’ll never ever get there, it’s great to at least appreciate these images in the wild.


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Zain is a well travelled astronomy blogger and has been writing since 2013. He has a passion for science education and has been accepted into NASA social program for MAVEN launch. When he's not being a space cadet he's rock climbing outdoors with friends.

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