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First-of-Its-Kind Image Captures a Black Hole's Shooting Jet

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The jet is longer than the galaxy that contains it, stretching for 5,000 light-years. Scientists have known that black holes emanate jets, but this image is the first to show the jet's base connecting to the black hole's accretion disk, or the collection of matter that releases radiation as it's sucked inside the void. "This is an amazing result," Sasha Tchekhovskoy, an astrophysicist who studies black holes at Northwestern University and did not contribute to the research, tells Sky & Telescope's Camille M. Carlisle.

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