Viewed through the —a formation of 10 radio telescope antennas stretching from St. Croix in the Atlantic Ocean to Hawaiis Mauna Kea in the Pacific—the blazar looks like a galactic smear of tomato sauce on the cosmic lens. Whats actually captured in the false color image, though, is a bright orange jet of plasma, pointed roughly at us and stretching about 1,600 light years long, a distance that defies any terrestrial analogy. According to Cristiana Spingola, an astronomer at the University of...

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