Chandra: NGC 1068: Winds of Change

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Chandra: NGC 1068: Winds of Change

Post by bystander » Wed Mar 03, 2010 7:00 pm

NGC 1068: Winds of Change: How Black Holes May Shape Galaxies
Chandra - 2010 March 03
  • NGC 1068 is a nearby spiral galaxy containing a black hole at its center that is twice as massive as the Milky Way's.
  • X-ray images and spectra from Chandra show that a million mph wind is being driven from NGC 1068's black hole.
  • This wind has an impact on how the galaxy evolves.
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(X-ray (NASA/CXC/MIT), Optical (NASA/STScI), Radio (NSF/NRAO/VLA))

http://chandra.harvard.edu/press/10_rel ... 30310.html

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NASA: Chandra: How Black Holes May Shape Galaxies

Post by RJN » Thu Mar 04, 2010 4:25 pm

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/chand ... 0-014.html
Evans and his colleagues showed that each year several times the mass of the Sun is being deposited out to large distances, about 3,000 light years from the black hole. The wind may carry enough energy to heat the surrounding gas and suppress extra star formation.
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