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A Quick Look at the Teacup

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Published on Mar 14, 2019

Nicknamed the "Teacup" because of its shape, this quasar is causing a raging storm.

The power source of the quasar is a supermassive black hole at the center of a galaxy about 1.1 billion light years away.

This black hole has been powering eruptions of energy and particles that astronomers can trace back for thousands of years.

One large eruption formed the Teacup's handle, which lies 30,000 light years away from the black hole.

Astronomers using Chandra and XMM-Newton are learning about how this black hole has changed its behavior over time.

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