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Release No.: 2018-02
For Release: Monday, February 26, 2018 - 2:00pm

Black Hole Blasts May Transform "Mini-Neptunes" into Rocky Worlds

artist's impression shows the atmosphere of a Neptune-like planet (foreground) being swept backwards by powerful radiation from an outburst in the center of the Milky Way Galaxy (right)

This artist's impression shows the atmosphere of a Neptune-like planet (foreground) being swept backwards by powerful radiation from an outburst in the center of the Milky Way Galaxy (right). The outburst of X-rays and ultraviolet light is produced by material falling towards the supermassive black hole located there. The planet's host star is shown on the left.

M. Weiss/CfA

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