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Stunning picture of a ginormous black hole spewing out vast beams of matter and energy– Mind-blowing


Black holes may be the most ironic objects in the Universe. They are objects with gravity so fierce that if you venture too close, literally no force in the Universe can prevent you from falling in. Not even light can escape, which is why we call them what we do.

Yet they also power the brightest objects in the Universe. As matter falls in, it forms a disk just outside the black hole that gets infernally hot, blasting out radiation bright enough that it can be seen across the Universe. Not only that, due to forces in the disk like friction and magnetism ramped up to mind-numbing intensities, this disk can focus and blast out two incredibly powerful beams of matter and energy which scream out into space, forming structures both vast and beautiful … like the ones seen in the galaxy Hercules A:
http://www.slate.com/…/hercules_a_huge_black_hole_emits_two_beams_of_matter_into_space.html

There’s also an incredible 5000 x 3500 pixel version
http://imgsrc.hubblesite.org/hu/db/images/hs-2012-47-a-full_jpg.jpg

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