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Jets of Hot Gas Detected Blasting Out From Black Hole at the Heart of the Phoenix Galaxy Cluster

1 Sep 2020, 09:31 UTC
Jets of Hot Gas Detected Blasting Out From Black Hole at the Heart of the Phoenix Galaxy Cluster NAOJ

Radio astronomers have detected jets of hot gas blasted out by a black hole in the galaxy at the heart of the Phoenix Galaxy Cluster, located 5.9 billion light-years away in the constellation Phoenix. This is an important result for understanding the coevolution of galaxies, gas, and black holes in galaxy clusters.

Galaxies are not distributed randomly in space. Through mutual gravitational attraction, galaxies gather together to form collections known as clusters. The space between galaxies is not entirely empty. There is very dilute gas throughout a cluster which can be detected by X-ray observations.

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