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Release No.: 2008-21
For Release: Thursday, October 16, 2008 - 5:00am

Colossal Black Holes Common in the Early Universe

4C60.07 system of colliding galaxies

Artist’s conception of the 4C60.07 system of colliding galaxies. The galaxy on the left has turned most of its gas into stars, and the black hole in its center is ejecting charged particles in the two immense jets shown. The galaxy on the right also has a black hole causing the galaxy’s central region to shine, but much of its light is hidden by surrounding gas and dust. Vast numbers of stars are forming out of the gas and dust, and some of the material is being pulled away from the galaxy.

David A. Hardy/UK ATC