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Supermassive black hole creates awesome 'fireworks display' in space
Supermassive black hole creates awesome 'fireworks display' in space

Happy Fourth of July, space lovers! To help you celebrate the holiday, NASA's Chandra X-Ray Observatory released this image of a galactic "fireworks display" in a galaxy 23 million light years away.  That crazy explosion of color and light in the image above is the NGC 4258 galaxy seen in a variety of wavelengths.  Viewed by the Hubble Space Telescope in optical light, it seems to be a fairly typical spiral galaxy, not so different than our own Milky Way. (Pretend you can't see the blue and purple colors in the picture above and you'll see what I mean). But when astronomers looked at it in X-ray light (blue) and radio light (purple) a whole new spiral structure emerged -- two extra...

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