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Atoms clocked at 5000 km/s as they race towards supermassive black holes

10 Sep 2019, 14:48 UTC
Atoms clocked at 5000 km/s as they race towards supermassive black holes ESO/M. Kornmesser

Observations of gas being sucked into the supermassive black holes at the centres of quasars have shed new light on how the astronomical objects convert gravitational energy into vast amounts of outgoing radiation. Hongyan Zhou at the Polar Research Institute of China and colleagues measured the speed of the infalling gas and confirmed that it was being supplied by “dusty tori” that surround quasars.

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