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January 30, 2009--Propelled by jets from the central black hole of nearby galaxy Centaurus A, a rough ring of particles smashes into gas clouds, creating a purplish haze—at least in this false-color image. The particles are traveling at about half the speed of light and are visible as much as 13,000 light-years from the galactic center.

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— Image courtesy NASA/CXC/CfA/R.Kraft et al.; Submillimeter: MPIfR/ESO/APEX/A.Weiss et al.; Optical: ESO/WFI
 
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