Magnetic funnel around a supermassive black hole

The accretion disc of hot plasma swirling around a supermassive black hole generates powerful magnetic fields. The disc's rotation twists the field into a funnel shape. These field lines constrict and direct the outflow of high-speed plasma from the black hole's vicinity. The result is a narrow, tapered, extragalactic jet.



NASA, ESA, and A. Feild (STScI)

About the Image

NASA press release
Release date:23 August 2013, 08:36
Size:2400 x 1800 px

About the Object

Type:Local Universe : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Black Hole
Category:Quasars and Black Holes

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