Massive Black Hole Pumps Iron

Had to love that title when I saw it on Physorg.com, which is rapidly becoming one of my favorite science sites! If you’re a science fan it’s a must-bookmark site.

Enlarge  Credits: X-ray: NASA/CXC/U.Waterloo/C.Kirkpatrick et al.; Radio: NSF/NRAO/VLA; Optical: Canada-France-Hawaii-Telescope/DSS

Credits: X-ray: NASA/CXC/U.Waterloo/C.Kirkpatrick et al.; Radio: NSF/NRAO/VLA; Optical: Canada-France-Hawaii-Telescope/DSS

According to the article the plumes of gas erupting out of this supermassive black hole at the center of the Hydra A galaxy are rich in iron, and scientists reckon 10 to 20 percent of the iron in that galaxy has already been dispersed at the times we’re seeing (the thing’s hundreds of thousands of light-years across, so ‘time’ wouldn’t be very accurate).

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~ by B.T. Murtagh on September 23, 2009.

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