Cosmic Gusher
An active galaxy with a pair of particle jets
Cosmic Gusher
Active galaxies, such as this one, are commonplace in the Universe. Quasars are an example. Astronomers think that all active galaxies are driven by the same engine: a supermassive black hole with the mass of at least a few million solar masses. As matter falls into the hole, the doomed material is heated to extremely high temperatures, which is why quasars can be seen over such gigantic distances. Some active galaxies have an additional feature: they spurt jets of gas far into space at speeds approaching that of light.

Title: Cosmic Gusher

Category: Galaxies

Medium: Photoshop

Date: 2013

Client: Personal


accretion accretion disc active galactic nucleus black hole jets quasar supermassive