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Spectacular X-Ray Jet Points Toward Cosmic Energy Booster

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June 7, 2000
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Chandra X-Ray Observatory Center
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NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has revealed a spectacular luminous spike of X rays that emanates from the vicinity of a giant black hole in the center of the radio galaxy Pictor A. The spike, or jet, is due to a beam of particles that streaks across hundreds of thousands of light years of intergalactic space toward a brilliant X-ray hot spot that marks its end point.

NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has revealed a spectacular luminous spike of X rays that emanates from the vicinity of a giant black hole in the center of the radio galaxy Pictor A. The spike, or jet, is due to a beam of particles that streaks across hundreds of thousands of light years of intergalactic space toward a brilliant X-ray hot spot that marks its end point.


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Chandra X-Ray Observatory Center. "Spectacular X-Ray Jet Points Toward Cosmic Energy Booster." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 7 June 2000. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/06/000607073650.htm>.
Chandra X-Ray Observatory Center. (2000, June 7). Spectacular X-Ray Jet Points Toward Cosmic Energy Booster. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 20, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/06/000607073650.htm
Chandra X-Ray Observatory Center. "Spectacular X-Ray Jet Points Toward Cosmic Energy Booster." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/06/000607073650.htm (accessed April 20, 2014).

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