Mini-Jet Found Near Milky Way’s Supermassive Black Hole

  • Released Thursday, December 9, 2021

Our Milky Way’s central black hole has a leak! This supermassive black hole, over 4 million times more massive than our Sun, looks like it still has the remnants of a blowtorch-like jet dating back several thousand years.

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope hasn’t photographed the phantom jet yet, but it has helped find circumstantial evidence that the jet is still pushing feebly into a huge hydrogen cloud.

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Music Credits:
“Never Sure of Anything” by Andrew Potterton [PRS], via Ninja Tune Production Music [PRS], and Universal Production Music

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This page was originally published on Thursday, December 9, 2021.
This page was last updated on Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at 1:43 PM EDT.


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