Braided Birkeland currents, galaxy M87

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Reply Mon 9 Feb, 2009 08:55 am
M87 is home to a black hole.

The heart of the galaxy known as M87 is a place of unimaginable violence. A black hole about three billion times as massive as the Sun sits at the galaxy's center -- one of the most massive black holes ever measured. As gas spirals into the black hole, it's heated to millions of degrees, so it produces enormous amounts of X-rays. Some of the hot gas around the black hole shoots back into the galaxy in powerful jets that span thousands of light-years... (see link above)
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