Black Hole Blasts Galaxy

Posted by Michael Pinto on Dec 17, 2007 in Science |

A particle jet from a black hole at the centre of the main galaxy (lower left) strikes its companion galaxy (upper right). The jet hits the companion galaxy at its edge and is then disrupted and deflected. (Image: Nasa/CXC/CfA/D.Evans et al/STScI/NSF/VLA/STFC/JBO/MERLIN)

It’s amazing to think about the creative destruction at play in the cosmos:

Black hole ‘bully’ blasts galaxy

“A powerful jet of particles from a “supermassive” black hole has been seen blasting a nearby galaxy, according to findings from the US space agency. Galaxies have been seen colliding before, but it is the first time this form of galactic violence has been witnessed by astronomers. This could have a profound effect on any planets in the jet’s path and could also trigger a burst of star formation.”

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