I've always been intrigued by black holes ever since I checked out a book in elementary school explaining the complexities of the Universe. Well then Disney's movie came out and that cemented it for me. Now they have almost verified that a Black Hole exists at the center of our galaxy. Very awesome. But there is something that I don't understand. For some reason I've always thought that black holes are two dimensional. I don't know why but I have. Obviously they are 3 dimensional and shaped like a sphere. Any matter that makes it's way in to the black hole is compressed and smashed. Yet they have found what they thought to be black holes emmitting X-rays at super high velocities in a jet like fashion in one or two directions. And to my question: If black holes are 3 dimmensional wouldn't the gases or X-rays being emitted be in the same shape as the black hole? Why in a jet? Or, if matter is taken in, in all directions why isn't the radiation expelled in all directions? Or is it? I know we have some science buffs so this is why I asked here?