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Artist's Impression of an Active Galactic Nucleus Space Wallpaper

Artist's Impression of an Active Galactic Nucleus
The central engine is thought to be a supermassive black hole surrounded by an accretion disc and enshrouded in a dusty doughnut-shaped torus.
(Image: © Aurore Simonnet, Sonoma State University/ESO)

This cool space wallpaper shows an artist's impression of an active galaxy that has jets. The central engine is thought to be a supermassive black hole surrounded by an accretion disc and enshrouded in a dusty doughnut-shaped torus. The torus of dust and gas can be seen orbiting a flatter disc of swirling gas. In the centre, the supermassive black hole is surrounded by a flat accretion disc of rapidly orbiting material. The jets are emitted at right angles from the plane of the disc.

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