April 20, 2007
Ghost Arms

Ron gets a supermassive no-prize for bringing us this report on "ghost spirals" observed in a (relatively) nearby galaxy. By using a set of continually evolving (and increasingly sensitive) instruments, scientists have been able to determine the size, shape, and composition of "arms" of matter being shot out by the rather ungainly-named M106 galaxy's central black hole. The discovery proves, in a graphic and conclusive way, that these jets need not be perpendicular to plane of the galaxy in which they reside.

Aside from being just plain damned cool, the discovery and continued observations should provide insights into other wacky celestial objects.

Posted by scott at April 20, 2007 03:09 PM

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