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Astronomers study two million light year ‘extragalactic afterburner’

22 Oct 2012, 00:00 UTC
Astronomers study two million light year ‘extragalactic afterburner’

Blasting over two million lights years from the centre of a distant galaxy is a supersonic jet of material that looks strikingly similar to the afterburner flow of a fighter jet, except in this case the jet engine is a supermassive black hole and the jet material is moving at nearly the speed of light.

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