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NGC 1068: Winds of Change: How Black Holes May Shape Galaxies

05/03/2010

NGC 1068: Winds of Change: How Black Holes May Shape Galaxies

  • Categoría Astronomía
  • The X-ray images and spectra obtained using Chandra's High Energy Transmission Grating Spectrometer show that a strong wind is being driven away from the center of NGC 1068 at a rate of about a million miles per hour. This wind is likely generated as surrounding gas is accelerated and heated as it swirls toward the black hole. A portion of the gas is pulled into the black hole, but some of it is blown away. High energy X-rays produced by the gas near the black hole heat the ouflowing gas, causing it to glow at lower X-ray energies.

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