How windy is a black hole? More powerful than a trillion suns.

In the middle of a galaxy more than 2 billion light years from Earth, a black hole called PDS-456 spews radiation and ultra-fast winds. The gusts carry more energy per second than a trillion suns and blow outward in all directions at intensities high enough to stop stars from forming, pitting the galaxy in a huge, cosmic struggle with the mysterious force at its center.

It may sound like something from science fiction, but the phenomenon has been quantified for the first time by researchers at NASA and the European Space Agency.

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