Skip to main content

Thank you for visiting You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript.

  • News & Views
  • Published:

Galaxy formation

When the wind blows

Astronomical observations of a luminous galaxy that has a central, mass-accreting supermassive black hole reveal how such entities launch and propel gas through galaxies at high speeds. See Letter p.436

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution

Access options

Buy this article

Prices may be subject to local taxes which are calculated during checkout

Figure 1: A nearby quasar driving a molecular wind.

NASA, ESA, Hubble Heritage (STSCI/AURA) — ESA/Hubble Collaboration & A. Evans (Univ. Virginia, Charlottesville/NRAO/Stony Brook Univ.)


  1. See all news & views


  1. Crain, R. A. et al. Preprint at (2015).

  2. Tombesi, F. et al. Nature 519, 436–438 (2015).

    Article  ADS  CAS  Google Scholar 

  3. Silk, J. & Rees, M. J. Astron. Astrophys. 331, L1–L4 (1998).

    ADS  Google Scholar 

  4. Hopkins, P. F. et al. Astrophys. J. 630, 705–715 (2005).

    Article  ADS  CAS  Google Scholar 

  5. Cicone, C. et al. Astron. Astrophys. 562, A21 (2014).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  6. Faucher-Giguère, C.-A. & Quataert, E. Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc. 425, 605–622 (2012).

    Article  ADS  Google Scholar 

  7. Schaye, J. et al. Mon. Not. R. Astron. Soc. 446, 521–554 (2015).

    Article  ADS  CAS  Google Scholar 

  8. Bolatto, A. D. et al. Nature 499, 450–453 (2013).

    Article  ADS  CAS  Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations


Corresponding author

Correspondence to James E. Geach.

Related audio

Rights and permissions

Reprints and permissions

About this article

Check for updates. Verify currency and authenticity via CrossMark

Cite this article

Geach, J. When the wind blows. Nature 519, 423–424 (2015).

Download citation

  • Published:

  • Issue Date:

  • DOI:


Quick links

Nature Briefing

Sign up for the Nature Briefing newsletter — what matters in science, free to your inbox daily.

Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing