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Durham University

Supermassive Black Hole Surrounded by Matter

Caption: This is a j-peg artist's impression of a supermassive black hole at the center surrounded by matter flowing onto the black hole in what is termed an accretion disk. Also shown is an outflowing jet of energetic particles, believed to be powered by the black hole's spin.

Credit: Image credit (NASA/JPL-Caltech).

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