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This Is Why It's Hard to Recognize a Black Hole

Black Beauty: The supermassive black hole at the center of this galaxy, around 11 million light years away toward the constellation Centaurus, is currently classified as a quasar. It is roughly 55 million times more massive than our Sun. Its collimated jets, in blue, surpass the diameter of the entire galaxy, extending up to 13,000 light years. The Milky Way, by comparison, is roughly ten times this length.NASA/CXC/CfA/R.Kraft et al.; MPIfR/ESO/APEX/A.Weiss et al.; ESO/WFI.

Astronomers can sometimes be literal to a fault. We like to call things as we see them. For example, if it’s red and it’s huge

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