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Release No.: 2007-09
For Release: Thursday, April 19, 2007 - 8:00pm

Black Holes May Fill the Universe with Seeds of Life

NGC 4051 galaxy

The black hole at the center of the NGC 4051 galaxy emits a hot wind of chemical elements, including elements like carbon and oxygen that are critical for life. The hot wind originates very close to the black hole, at a distance about five times the size of Neptune's orbit. Although speedy, the wind is weaker than expected and ejects only 2 to 5 percent of accreting material.

George Seitz/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF