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A New Black Hole Image Reveals the Behemoth’s Magnetic Fields

Astronomers have gotten their first glimpse of the magnetic fields tangled around a black hole. The Event Horizon Telescope has unveiled the magnetism of the hot, glowing gas around the supermassive black hole at the heart of galaxy M87, researchers report in two studies published online March 24 in the Astrophysical Journal Letters. These magnetic fields are thought to play a crucial role in how the black hole scarfs down matter and launches powerful plasma jets thousands of light-years into space.

 

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