SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Supermassive Black Hole, More

SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Super-massive Black Hole, More
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September 17, 2008--ESA's orbiting X-ray observatory has spotted signals from an enormous black hole, a million times more massive than the sun, at the center of a distant galaxy.

An artist's conception portrays the black hole inhaling matter, forming an accretion disk and jets, and emitting periodic x-rays shown in an averaged shape.

This first supermassive black hole to emit periodic X-rays suggests that black holes of different sizes may gather matter in the same way.
—Image by Aurore Simonnet, Sonoma State University (Adapted by M. Gierlinski)/ESA
 
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