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Black Holes
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1. Images of M33 X-7
QuicktimeMPEG This sequence begins with a wide-field optical image from Kitt Peak of M33, a spiral galaxy about 3 million light years from Earth, and then zooms into a view from the Gemini telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawaii. Next, the view zooms into an even smaller field, from the Hubble Space Telescope, that includes M33 X-7, the most massive known black hole to be formed from the collapse of a star. The final image is a composite of the region around M33 X-7 that contains both the Chandra and Hubble data.
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(Kitt Peak: NOAO/AURA/NSF/T.A.Rector; Gemini: AURA/Gemini Obs./SDSU/J.Orosz et al.; HST: NASA/STScI/SDSU/J.Orosz et al.; Chandra: NASA/CXC/CfA/P.Plucinsky et al.)

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2. Comparing Different Black Holes
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This sequence shows four black holes from the Bootes field. The first two black holes are obscured by thick rings of gas. Because such a ring blocks certain types of radiation, these black holes are only are seen in X-ray (blue) and infrared (red) light. The last two black holes are not enshrouded by this ring of material, and, therefore, emit X-ray, infrared, and optical (green) radiation. These objects helps astronomers better understand the properties of these monster black holes.
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(X-ray: NASA/CXC/CfA/R.Hickox et al.; Infrared: NASA/JPL/Caltech/P.Eisenhardt & D.Stern et al.; Optical: NOAO/B.Jannuzi & A.Dey et al.)

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3. Animation of Eruption from Supermassive Black Hole
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This animation depicts an eruption caused by a supermassive black hole. Gas and dust (reddish-brown disk) are being pulled around by the enormous gravity of the supermassive black hole, which is buried in the center of a large elliptical galaxy. The animation then zooms out to show the full view of the galaxy, which is surrounded by hot gas (red) that pervades the galaxy cluster. White jets, fueled from material falling onto the black hole, then erupt from the black hole and push gas backwards to create the dark cavities in the cluster gas.
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(NASA/CXC/A.Hobart)

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4. Simulation of Jet Evolution
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This simulation illustrates the evolution of a magnetized jet of high-energy particles as it moves at near the speed of light through a low-density gas. Scientists believe that the western jet in XTE J1550-564 developed its cometary shape by a similar process.
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(I.Tregillis (Univ. of Minnesota/LANL), T.Jones (Univ. of Minnesota), D.Ryu (Chungnam National Univ.y, South Korea))

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5. Time-lapse Movie of Chandra Images (unlabeled)
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This time-lapse movie made from observations over a four-year period shows the black hole XTE J1550-564 (center), the approaching eastern jet, and the receding western jet (right). In four years the jets moved about two light years from the black hole.
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(NASA/CXC)

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6. Time-lapse Movie of Chandra Images (labeled)
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This time-lapse movie made from observations over a four-year period shows the black hole XTE J1550-564 (center), the approaching eastern jet, and the receding western jet (right). In four years the jets moved about two light years from the black hole.
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(NASA/CXC)

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7. Animation of How Supermassive Black Holes Affect the Formation of Massive Galaxies
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This animation begins by looking at the exterior of an elliptical galaxy. It then zooms into the region near the galaxy's massive central black hole. The sequence then shows how powerful jets of high-energy particles emanate from the vicinity of the black hole. These jets heat gas around the galaxy and stop the infall of matter into the galaxy, thereby limiting the galaxy's growth. This is what astronomers believe is happening in the cases of 4C41.17 and 3C294.
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(NASA/CXC/A.Hobart)

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8. Animation of an X-ray Binary System
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This animation begins with a view outside of Milky Way and then zooms in on one of the spiral arms to the double-star system XTE J1550-564, which contains a black hole and a normal Sun-like star. As gaseous material is pulled off the companion star onto the black hole, it forms a disk that is heated to millions of degrees. The animation then shows the ejection and evolution of the jets of high-energy particles.
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(NASA/CXC/A.Hobart)

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9. Galaxy Merger Simulation and Chandra Data
QuicktimeMPEG This sequence begins with a data simulation of two galaxies that are about to merge. The simulation then stops and fades into the highest-energy (5-8 keV) X-ray data of NGC 6240. These two distinct point sources in the Chandra data are proof to scientists that two black holes at the center of this galaxy.
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(Simulation: Josh Barnes (U of Hawaii)/John Hibbard (NRAO); X-ray: NASA/CXC/MPE/S.Komossa et al.)

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10. Sequence of Hubble and Chandra Images of NGC 6240
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This sequence begins with a wide-field optical image of the galaxy NGC 6240 and then zooms into the central region where it dissolves to a Chandra X-ray image. The colors in the X-ray image show the intensity of the low (red), medium (green) and high (blue) energy X-rays. This image then dissolves to show only the highest-energy X-rays detected by Chandra, which come from gas around the two black holes in the center of the galaxy.
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(X-ray: NASA/CXC/MPE/S.Komossa et al.; Optical: NASA/STScI/R.P.van der Marel & J.Gerssen)

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