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Wind and reflections from a black hole
July 23, 2009, 8:18 am
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Photo of Wind and reflections from a black hole taken by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory

This composite photo of the active galaxy, NGC 1068, shows gas blowing away in a high-speed wind from the vicinity of a central supermassive black hole.

The elongated shape of the gas cloud is thought to be due to the funneling effect of a torus, or doughnut-shaped cloud, of cool gas and dust that surrounds the black hole.

The elongated white spot in the accompanying three-color X-ray images, has a mass of about 5 million Suns. Radio observations indicate that the torus extends from within a few light years of the black hole out to about 300 light years.

The wind is roughly at a temperature of about 100,000 degrees Celsius (180,000 degrees Fahrenheit). The average gas speed is about 1 million miles per hour.


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