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News Release 89 of 1057

January 5, 2015 05:15 PM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2015-03

Hubble Discovers that Milky Way Core Drives Wind at 2 Million Miles Per Hour

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Image: Quasar's Light Yields Clues to Outflow

Quasar's Light Yields Clues to OutflowSTScI-PRC2015-03

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This graphic shows how NASA's Hubble Space Telescope probed the light from a distant quasar to analyze the so-called Fermi Bubbles, two lobes of material being blown out of the core of our Milky Way galaxy. The quasar's light passed through one of the bubbles. Imprinted on that light is information about the outflow's speed, composition, and eventually mass. The outflow was produced by a violent event that happened about 2 million years ago in our galaxy's core.

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Credit: NASA, ESA, and A. Feild (STScI)