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Comic 3078 - Ep. 40, Page 32

7th Apr 2020, 8:41 PM in Episode 40 :: Save My Place | Load My Place
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smbhax 7th Apr 2020, 8:41 PM edit delete
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The Event Horizon Telescope collaboration has released an image showing the beginning point of a supermassive black hole's relativistic jet—those often light-years-long, near-light-speed blasts of plasma thrown off the magnetic poles of a large, rotating black hole.

The image, along with earlier, less detailed images, taken from a distant quasar, shows that this jet twists, and may have "perpendicular" features: "The unexpected geometry suggests the presence of traveling shocks or instabilities in a bent, rotating jet, which might also explain emission at high energies such as gamma-rays."

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