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News Release 297 of 959

December 17, 2007 01:00 PM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2007-37

"Death Star" Galaxy Black Hole Fires at Neighboring Galaxy

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A powerful jet from a supermassive black hole is blasting a nearby galaxy in the system known as 3C 321, according to new results from NASA. This galactic violence, never seen before, could have a profound effect on any planets in the path of the jet and trigger a burst of star formation in the wake of its destruction.

Object Name: 3C 321

Image Type: Astronomical/Annotated

Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/CfA/D.Evans et al.; Optical/UV: NASA/STScI; Radio: NSF/VLA/CfA/D.Evans et al., STFC/JBO/MERLIN

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