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“Jet” spouting from a black hole (near the white circle) located in the center of the Centaurus A galaxy (provided by EHT / M. Janssen)

An international research team including the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan announced that it has observed in detail the area around the supermassive black hole located in the center of the galaxy about 12 million light-years away from the earth and captured the “jet” that gas spouts at a tremendous speed. did. The results were published in the electronic version of the English scientific journal on the 19th.

While the black hole swallows the surrounding material, the material that escapes gravity is ejected as a jet from near the center. The detailed mechanism is unknown. Fumitoku Tazaki, a visiting researcher at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan, said, “It will be a clue to find out what happens near the supermassive black hole.”