Magnetic Funnel Around a Supermassive Black Hole
Magnetic Funnel Around a Supermassive Black Hole
About this image

The accretion disk of hot plasma swirling around a supermassive black hole generates powerful magnetic fields. The disk'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.


Tags
Active Galaxies/Quasars, Black Holes, Elliptical Galaxies, Exotic, Galaxies, Hubble Telescope, Illustrations

Credits

Credit: NASA, ESA, and A. Feild (STScI)