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10 incredible images of black holes

By: Katherine Butler on Feb. 21, 2011, 12:20 p.m.
ray of light streams across space

Photo: NASA/Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

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Cosmic searchlight

A black hole-powered stream of electrons barrels out of the M87 galaxy into space. These are subatomic particles traveling near the speed of light. This indicates that there may be a supermassive black hole at the center of this galaxy. Supermassive black holes are, in fact, the largest black holes in the galaxy. This one is believed to have “swallowed up” matter equal to 2 billion of our suns.