Watch a black hole violently fire a jet of material into space

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  • Astronomers from the Event Horizon Telescope project have released images of a distant quasar with its black hole spewing material into space.
  • The images were gathered by telescopes all over the planet, acting together to peer deep into space.
  • The images reveal mysteries about the jet of fast-moving material leaving the black hole, and researchers now have some interesting questions to answer.
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It was almost exactly a year ago today that astronomers from around the world showed off the first-ever image of a black hole. It was blurry, but it was the first of its kind. It was made possible by the Event Horizon Telescope, or EHT, which is a collaborative international effort harnessing the power of multiple observatories all over the world.

But the black hole we all feasted our eyes on a year ago wasn’t the only object the EHT team was interested in. A bright quasar called 3C 279 was another object the researchers targeted. Now we get to see what the supermassive black hole at its heart has been up to, and it is magnificent.

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