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Astronomers spot a massive doughnut of material around quasar Cygnus A’s supermassive black hole

3 Apr 2019, 13:00 UTC
Astronomers spot a massive doughnut of material around quasar Cygnus A’s supermassive black hole X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO; Optical: NASA/STScI; Radio: NSF/NRAO/AUI/VLA

It’s rare that I see an astronomical image and get a chill running up my neck. But I just saw one that did just that: It shows an immense structure in the center of a galaxy that has never been seen before in this particular kind of galaxy. And it shows (once again) that a scientific model astronomers dreamed up years ago to describe hugely powerful galaxies is correct.

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