Artist’s illustration of galaxy with jets from a supermassive black hole

This artist’s impression illustrates how high-speed jets from supermassive black holes would look. These outflows of plasma are the result of the extraction of energy from a supermassive black hole’s rotation as it consumes the disc of swirling material that surrounds it. These jets have very strong emissions at radio wavelengths.


ESA/Hubble, L. Calçada (ESO)

About the Image

Release date:28 May 2015, 15:00
Related releases:heic1511
Size:5000 x 3125 px

About the Object

Type:Early Universe : Galaxy : Activity : AGN
Early Universe : Galaxy : Component : Central Black Hole

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