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Most detailed polarised images of supermassive black hole showing magnetic field and its interactions

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The newly published polarised images are key to understanding how the magnetic field allows the black hole to ‘eat’ matter and launch powerful jets, says a NASA Hubble Fellow at Princeton.

For the first time, with the help of the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT), a team of astronomers captured the supermassive black hole located at the heart of galaxy M87 in polarised light, showing the magnetic field and its interactions close to the edge of the black hole for the first time.

This was the black hole to be directly photographed by astronomers in 2019, and the new images reveal more stuff about the dense object, including the powerful jets of energy bursting from its centre.

It is estimated that this supermassive black hole is 55 million light-years from Earth, and about 6.5 billion times the mass of our sun and expelling intense jets of energy.

Scientists believe that this find will help new astronomers to grab the process included in producing the energetic jets from its core, with some highlighting it could be down to interactions with the magnetic field itself. 

‘The newly published polarised images are key to understanding how the magnetic field allows the black hole to ‘eat’ matter and launch powerful jets,’ says Andrew Chael, a NASA Hubble Fellow at Princeton.

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