Astronomers studying the supermassive black hole at the centre of the galaxy IRAS F11119+3257 have found proof that the winds blowing from the black hole are sweeping away the host galaxys reservoir of raw star-building material.
This finding was made using ESAs Herschel space observatory, together with the Suzaku X-ray astronomy satellite. Combining these data, the astronomers detected the winds being driven by the central black hole in X-rays, and their global effect, pushing the galactic gas away, at infrared wavelengths.
This artists impression shows the outflow of molecular gas (red) in a galaxy hosting a supermassive black hole at its core.
- March 25, 2015
- ESA/ATG medialab
- IRAS F11119+3257
- Subject | Local Universe
- Galaxy Activity AGN