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Black hole jets in HD

Images suggest nearby galaxy's monster is a neat eater

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6:16pm, June 3, 2011

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Astronomers have produced the sharpest images ever of twin jets racing outward from the vicinity of a galaxy’s central black hole.

Using the combined power of nine radio telescopes arrayed across the Southern Hemisphere, the images reveal features just 15 light-days across in the heart of the nearby galaxy Centaurus A, 12 million light-years away. At its core, the galaxy contains a black hole as massive as 55 million suns.

The new images home in on a region around the black hole less than 4.2 light-years across — smaller than the distance between the sun and its nearest star, says Roopesh

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