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Shocks jolt jet set galaxy, X rays reveal

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11:42am, August 22, 2001

A huge jet of high-energy particles shoots out from a supermassive black hole at

the core of nearby galaxy Centaurus A. A new X-ray snapshot catches that activity

in unprecedented detail. Besides depicting one of the universe's most spectacular

types of pyrotechnics, the view will help clarify theories about the formation of

such jets, astrophysicists say.

The image was taken by NASA's orbiting Chandra X-ray Observatory, which began

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