The Unexpected
The Unexpected
Normal Stars
Carina Nebula
Milky Way

Expected & Detected

Thousands of supermassive black holes. These black holes are located

in the centers of galaxies and Chandra has shown they exhibit a wide

range of sizes and levels of explosive activity.

Finding a black hole a million times more massive than the Sun in a star-forming

dwarf galaxy is a strong indication that supermassive black holes can form

more quickly than the galaxy they reside in. This has implications for understanding

the formation of galaxies and black holes in the early universe.

A Chandra survey of nine galaxies shows that most of the energy released by

matter falling toward supermassive black holes in these galaxies is in the form of

high-energy jets traveling at near the speed of light away from the black hole.

Chandra images have revealed that many galaxies have jets of high-energy

particles that extend to the outer reaches of the galaxy and affect the appearance

and evolution of these galaxies. These jets are generated by matter falling

toward supermassive black holes in the centers of the galaxies.