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Release No.: 2017-01
For Release: Friday, January 6, 2017 - 3:15pm

Our Galaxy's Black Hole is Spewing Out Planet-size "Spitballs"

This artist's conception portrays a collection of planet-mass objects that have been flung out of the galactic center at speeds of 20 million miles per hour (10,000 km/s). These cosmic "spitballs" formed from fragments of a star that was shredded by the galaxy's supermassive black hole.

Mark A. Garlick/CfA