SUMMARY: A new image taken by the Chandra X-Ray Observatory shows gas and dust blowing away from a supermassive black hole at the heart of galaxy NGC 1068 at 1.6 million kilometres/hour. The elongated shape of the gas plume is thought to be caused by a donut-shaped ring of cooler dust surrounding the black hole, which acts to focus material pouring away. Instruments on board Chandra have measured the gas plume and found that it's similar in composition to our own Sun and has a temperature of 100,000 degrees Celcius.
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