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Caption: In the heart of an active galaxy, matter falling toward a supermassive black hole creates jets of particles traveling near the speed of light. For active galaxies classified as blazars, one of these jets beams almost directly toward Earth.
Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab
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