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Hubble Takes Movies of Space Slinky

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Hubble Takes Movies of Space Slinky

Astronomers Use Hubble Images for Movies Featuring Space Slinky

Astronomers have assembled, from more than 13 years of observations from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, a series of time-lapse movies showing a jet of superheated gas — 5,000 light-years long — as it is ejected from a supermassive black hole.

The movies promise to give astronomers a better understanding of how black holes shape galaxy evolution.

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Zoom Into Black Hole Jet

This video begins with a view of the stars and galaxies in the spring constellation Virgo. We zoom into the giant elliptical galaxy M87, which lies near the center of the Virgo cluster of galaxies. A high-speed jet of hot plasma is buried deep inside the galaxy. A supermassive black hole ejects the jet at nearly the speed of light. This Hubble Space Telescope time-lapse movie captures the movement of the jet over a timespan of 13 years.

Credit: NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI)

Source: HubbleSite

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I can now say I've "seen" a black hole. Seriously cool!

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