December 18, 2007

Galaxy fires at neighboring galaxy

Posted in Astronomy, Astrophysics, Cosmology, Science, Universe at 4:13 pm by deadlikeme

black-hole.jpgA powerful jet from a super massive black hole is blasting a nearby galaxy.

3C321 is a system containing two galaxies in orbit around each other. The larger galaxy has a jet emanating from the vicinity of its black hole and the smaller galaxy has apparently swung into the path of this jet.

Such jets are not news to scientists, “but this is the first time we’ve seen one punch into another galaxy like we’re seeing here,” according to Dan Evans, scientist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

for more info read the NASA article

P.S.  just to clarify: these jets do not emanate from the black hole itself, but from the matter “falling” into it

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