COSMIC BLOB PICTURES: Galactic "Coming of Age" Revealed

COSMIC BLOB PICTURES: Galactic
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Matter falling into a supermassive black hole at the center of a galaxy heats up, sending out bright streams of radiation, as seen in an artist's rendering.

This energy, which flows above and below the galaxy, could be what creates huge glowing blobs seen in the distant universe, researchers said in June 2009.

The study team looked at x-ray light from 29 of these blobs in a large, far-flung cosmic neighborhood dubbed SSA 22. Five of the blobs showed telltale emissions linked to the growth of supermassive black holes.
— Image courtesy NASA/CXC/M.Weiss
 
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