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Supermassive black hole appears to emit radiation like an ‘extragalactic afterburner’

December 24, 2012

Supermassive black hole appears to emit radiation like an ‘extragalactic afterburner’

Astronomers at the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research study “extragalactic afterburner.”

Space continues to be a source of extraordinary discoveries and the latest finding by a group of astronomers is no exception. Astronomers discovered an “extragalactic afterburner” trailing over two million light years from the center of a far off galaxy, according to a statement from the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research. The astronomers contend that the jet of materials looks similar to the afterburner flow of a fighter jet.

The “extragalactic afterburner” has bright and dark regions, just like the phenomenon in afterburner exhaust called shock diamonds. According to io9, shock diamonds “look like strobe lights” coming out of a jet and are the result of a clash between the gas in the engine and the air in the sky.

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