First images of particle jets at edge of a supermassive black hole
Oh yeah, I totally get this….
Supermassive black holes appear to occupy the center of almost all galaxies. When they are actively swallowing matter, these black holes can power energetic jets that shine brighter than the entire rest of the galaxy, and can shoot matter free of it.
Despite the mass and energy involved, however, the origin of these jets has been extremely hard to image, both because they’re relatively compact, and because they’re situated in the crowded centers of distant galaxies. More via Ars Technica.