This black hole is an extreme recycler

Giant fountains of ejected gas cycle back to feed the hungry galaxy center

galaxy and gas fountains

RADICAL RECYCLING  A galaxy bathed in a pool of hot gas (blue) has fountains of hydrogen (red) erupting from its core, as seen in this composite image. A new study shows how these fountains get recycled into new stars and black hole food through a galaxy-sized pump.

X-ray: CXC/NASA, Michigan State Univ., G. Voit et al; optical: NASA, STScI, DSS; H-alpha: W. Baade Telescope/Magellan and Carnegie Observatory, Univ. of Maryland, M. McDonald

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