At the Source of an Extragalactic Jet

At the Source of an Extragalactic Jet

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News release ID: STScI-1999-43
Release Date: Oct 27, 1999
Image Use: Copyright
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Artist's concept of the formation region of M87's jet. An accretion disk (red-yellow) surrounds the black hole, and its magnetic field lines twist tightly to channel the outpouring subatomic particles into a narrow jet. The jet opens widely near the black hole, then is shaped into a narrower beam within a light-year of the black hole.

Active Galaxies/Quasars, Black Holes, Elliptical Galaxies, Galaxies, Infographics


NASA and Ann Feild (Space Telescope Science Institute)