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Two teams of astronomers have discovered the largest and farthest reservoir of water ever detected in the universe. The water, equivalent to 140 trillion times all the water in the world's ocean, surrounds a huge, feeding black hole, called a quasar, more than 12 billion light-years away.

The accretion disk(circular rotating matter) solar system matter & nova remains/ binary star sucked into the hole.and jet (yet visible matter,subatomic breakdown, radiation) of a supermassive black hole. All spiral galaxies seem to have supermassive black holes at their center. That and dark matter (invisible) produce the galaxy the high speed of rotation. Jet is the still visible radiation from its breakdown of matter under it's gravity. #blackhole#supermassive#galaxy#space

NGC 474 | Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope. What's happening to galaxy NGC 474? The multiple layers of emission appear strangely complex and unexpected given the relatively featureless appearance of the elliptical galaxy in less deep images. The cause of the shells is currently unknown, but possibly tidal tails related to debris left over from absorbing numerous small galaxies in the past billion years.

> The smallest black hole discovered to date may be less than three times the mass of our sun. This would put this little monster, officially called IGR J17091-3624, near the theoretical minimum limit needed for a black hole to be stable. As tiny as this black hole may be, it looks fierce, capable of 20 million mph winds (32 million kph) — the fastest yet observed from a stellar-mass black hole by nearly 10 times.

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'Rogue planet' spotted 100 light-years away

Astronomers have spotted a "rogue planet" - wandering the cosmos without a star to orbit - 100 light-years away. (via BBC News; image via ESO)

#Astronomy: #BlackHoles- A black hole is an object containing so much mass concentrated in a relatively small space that light can not escape. #infographic (Infograph Illustration: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss)

Astronomers have found a spiral galaxy that may be spinning to the beat of a different cosmic drummer. To the surprise of astronomers, the galaxy, called NGC 4622, appears to be rotating in the opposite direction to what they expected. Pictures from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope helped astronomers determine that the galaxy may be spinning clockwise by showing which side of the galaxy is closer to Earth.