Artist's impression of a high-velocity wind being launched from the surface of an accretion disk around a supermassive black hole.

Artist's impression of a high-velocity wind being launched from the surface of an accretion disk around a supermassive black hole.

Artist's impression of a high-velocity wind being launched from the surface of an accretion disk around a supermassive black hole.

Artist's impression of a high-velocity wind (white) being launched from the surface of an accretion disk (red/yellow) around a supermassive black hole (black central dot). To set the scale, the black hole's size in this image is comparable to that of the inner Solar System. Distinct absorption in the ultraviolet part of the spectrum is produced when light from the accretion disk passes through the wind. 

IMAGE: NASA/CXC and Nahks Tr'Ehnl.