Sleeping supermassive black holes awakened briefly by shredded stars

March 26, 2024

Supermassive black holes concept art

Compact Symmetric Objects (CSOs) are active galaxies that host supermassive black holes at their cores. Out of these monstrous black holes spring two jets traveling in opposite directions at nearly the speed of light. But in comparison to other galaxies that boast fierce jets, these jets do not extend out to great distances -- they are much more compact. For many decades, astronomers suspected that CSOs were simply young and that their jets would eventually travel out to greater distances.

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