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X-ray image of Centaurus A

Cen A looks a lot different when using an x-ray telescope. Here, a jet of gas moving at half the speed of light is heated to millions of degrees by a supermassive black hole in the galaxy’s core. A sea of million-degree gas fills the galaxy while points of x-ray light reveal “x-ray binaries”: neutron stars or black holes ripping gas off nearby stellar companions. Credit: NASA/SAO/R. Kraft et al.

X-ray image of Centaurus A

X-ray image of Centaurus A

Christopher Crockett

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