View Full Version : Discussion: Chandra Spots X-Ray Jet Evolution

2003-Jul-08, 10:08 PM
SUMMARY: Astronomers announced this week that they have seen the complete life cycle of X-ray jets spewing out of a black hole. The jets were first discovered coming out of stellar mass black hole XTE J1550-564, and then the astronomers watched them for 4 years using the Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer. The jets were traveling at nearly the speed of light until this year when they began to slow down because of interactions with interstellar gas. Similar jets have been seen emanating from supermassive black holes, but they take thousands of years to go through this process.

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