NASA Announces Discovery of Assault by a Black Hole

18, 2007:
A powerful jet from a supermassive black
hole is blasting a nearby galaxy, according to new data from
NASA observatories. This never-before witnessed galactic violence
may have a profound effect on planets in the jet's path and
trigger a burst of star birth in its destructive wake.

real-life scene, worthy of the most outlandish science fiction,
is playing out in a faraway binary galaxy system known as
3C321. Two galaxies are in orbit around one another. A supermassive
black hole at the core of the system's larger galaxy is spewing
a jet in the direction of its smaller companion.
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seen many jets produced by black holes, but this is the first
time we've seen one punch into another galaxy," says
Dan Evans, a scientist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for
Astrophysics and leader of the study. "This jet could
be causing all sorts of problems for the smaller galaxy it
is pummeling."

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