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October 27, 1999 02:00 PM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-1999-43

Very Long Baseline Array Reveals Formation Region of Giant Cosmic Jet Near a Black Hole

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Image: At the Source of an Extragalactic Jet

At the Source of an Extragalactic Jet

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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.

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Credit: NASA and Ann Feild (Space Telescope Science Institute)

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