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August 22, 2013 11:45 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2013-32

Hubble Takes Movies of Space Slinky

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Image: Magnetic Funnel Around a Supermassive Black Hole

Magnetic Funnel Around a Supermassive Black Hole

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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.

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

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