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Dusty Supermassive Black Hole

I've added this video to the Star Viewer Map. The video is of a Dusty Supermassive Black Hole such as the one that lies at the core of galaxy NGC 1068 (click the NGC 1068 link in the left hand column of the map).

Supermassive black holes are found in the centres of active galaxies and have a dust torus around their waist. The jets coming out of the region nearest the black hole emerge from an area close to the black hole where a disk of accreted material rotates around the black hole.