Similar to planets, our Sun and other stars? And perhaps even asteroids and active asteroids (comets)?
Researchers using two X-ray telescopes have identified a cosmic wind blowing outward from the supermassive black hole at the center of galaxy PDS 456. Astronomers have seen these winds before, but the authors of the new research say this is the first observation of a wind moving away from the center in every direction, creating a spherical shape.
"It tells us that the shape of the wind is not just a narrow beam pointed in our direction. It is really a wind that is flowing in every direction away from the black hole," said Emanuele Nardini, a postdoctoral researcher at Keele University in Staffordshire, England. "With a spherical wind, the amount of mass it carries out is much larger than just a narrow beam."
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Previous XMM-Newton observations of PDS 456, which is more than two billion light years away, showed its winds blowing towards us carrying iron atoms. But it wasn’t until the researchers got the high-energy X-ray data from NuSTAR that they were able to find these atoms scattered all around, showing that the winds weren’t blowing out in a beam but almost in a spherical fashion.
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