Distant Quasar Ejects 2 Million Light-Year Long Jet of Cosmic Material

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The megaparsec-scale jet emanating from PKS 0637-752. Image: Dr Leith Godfrey, ICRAR and Dr Jim Lovell, UTas.

This extended jet of cosmic materials, traveling near light speed, emerged from a distant galaxy. The flow is almost 2 million light-years long, at least 20 times larger than the Milky Way. Astronomers published their findings in the Astrophysical Journal Letters.

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Spacecraft to Explore Supermassive Black Holes at Center of Galaxies

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By the standards of space-based astronomy, NASA’s new NuSTAR (Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array) telescope that will be launched later this month has a modest budget of $165 million. However, it and XMM-Newton will try to probe the insides of the supermassive black holes hidden inside of galaxies.

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