Ram pressure stripping of gas from a galaxy in ESO 137-001. NASA/ESA/CXC

Jellyfish Galaxies Are Feeding Supermassive Black Holes

Streaming cosmic tentacles of gas, dust, and stars extending for tens of thousands of light-years are helping to explain how black holes acquire matter.

August 17, 2017
6:20 PM EDT
Observations of “Jellyfish galaxies” with ESO’s Very Large Telescope have revealed a previously unknown way to fuel supermassive black holes. | ESO/GASP