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Breaking out: how black hole jets punch out of their galaxies

June 16, 2016

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New simulations of the jets produced by rotating supermassive black holes in the cores of galaxies show how powerful ones force their way through surrounding gas and drill out of the galaxy, channeling hot gas into the interstellar medium. Weaker jets stall, dumping their hot gas inside and heating up the entire galaxy. Stalled jets may be part of the black hole feedback mechanism that periodically halts inflow of gas feeding the black hole.Full Story

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