Hubble telescope maps high-speed ‘extrusions’ from nearby feeding supermassive black hole for first time

Using the Hubble Space Telescope, astronomers have mapped, for the first time ever, the plasma “burps” of a supermassive black hole-powered quasar that resides relatively close to Earth.

While supermassive black holes with masses millions or billions of times that of the sun are thought to reside at the heart of all galaxies, not all of these cosmic titans power quasars. Some, like the supermassive black hole at the heart of the Milky Way called Sagittarius A*, are relatively quiet because they don’t feed greedily on the matter around them.

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