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giant jet of particles that has been shot out from the vicinity of a quasar Kaleidoscope of Color
A giant jet of particles, shot out from the vicinity of a quasar, a type of supermassive black hole, takes center stage in this false-color image.

Quasars consist of supermassive black holes surrounded by turbulent material, which is being heated up as it is dragged toward the black hole. This hot material glows brilliantly, and some of it gets blown off into space in the form of powerful jets.

NASA's Hubble, Chandra and Spitzer Space Telescopes contributed to this image.

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