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The dimming of the bright centre of an active distant galaxy may be the result of unexpected behaviour from a supermassive black hole at its heart, according to NASA. A black hole Bad gas ... Artist's impression of a black hole The scientists, using NASA and ESA space observatories including the Hubble Space Telescope, …


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  1. Michael H.F. Wilkinson Silver badge

    Interesting stuff, once more

    Bit borderline magnitude for my scope, but I should try to hunt it down if I get a chance. As Seyfert galaxy, it should have a bright core (they are not JUST bright in X-ray and UV).

  2. I ain't Spartacus Gold badge

    This is why people complain about the streetlights being dim when we walk home from our real ale and curry nights...

    1. Alan W. Rateliff, II

      Okay, I will escalate this right away.

      @Spartacus: Those are gaseous expulsions from brown holes, mate.

      1. Scott Broukell

        ionised wind

        A commonly heard complaint throughout the West Indies after the consumption of excessive amounts of very hot, spicy fried chicken, usually blamed on the mysterious black-hole of Babylon.

        1. hamcheeseandonion

          Re: ionised wind

          Once had a girlfriend from Yorkshire, who was a fiend for the combo of Newcastle Brown and pickled eggs.....(ye gods how i must have loved that woman).....

          Now THAT my friends is out-gassing of hard radiation....this thing?......meh.

          (no gas mask icon, so this'll have to do)

    2. Scroticus Canis Silver badge

      "real ale and curry nights..."

      Well a vindaloo or by preference a Bangalore phal will usually get rid of the taste of real ale. Yuurgh! Reinheitsgebot or make mine a G&T.

      (uppies anyway)

  3. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge

    "Bad gas ... Artist's impression of a black hole"

    This artist has flunked art school and now goes into "scientific illustrations" unencumbered by any idea of what he's drawing about.

    A "black hole" is not a Hollywood-style sinkhole in space. It "looks" like this:

    1. Bronek Kozicki Silver badge

      Re: "Bad gas ... Artist's impression of a black hole"

      Black holes are very messy eaters, some 40% material escapes it, and it is this escaping matter which is illustrated. Wikipedia article shows impression on a black hole in empty space (and very close, too), but this is not the the case here.

      1. I ain't Spartacus Gold badge

        Re: "Bad gas ... Artist's impression of a black hole"

        Black holes are basically cosmic Cookie Monsters...

  4. Euripides Pants Silver badge

    Wrong name, surely

    "a long-predicted shielding process that allows powerful gas winds to be accelerated to high speeds out of a black hole"

    Shouldn't they be calling this an ass hole?

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