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Jets from Supermassive Black Hole in Centaurus A

These jets, seen here at radio wavelngths, are emanating from the core of Centaurus A, the nearest active galaxy to Earth. The radio emmision is the result of beams of high-energy particles traveling at about half the speed of light. The particles are ejected as the result of the infall of matter into a suspected supermassive black hole at the center of the galaxy, where an accretion disk rotates rapidly around the black hole.

This image was produced by the Very Large Array (VLA) of radio telescopes.


Click here to see jets in X-ray.
Click here to see a close-up of the left jet.