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Black Hole Powered Jets Plow Into Galaxy

May 22, 2013 1 comment

X-ray: NASA / CXC/SAO / A.Siemiginowska et al; Optical: NASA / STScI; Radio: NSF / NRAO / VLA

X-ray: NASA / CXC/SAO / A.Siemiginowska et al; Optical: NASA / STScI; Radio: NSF / NRAO / VLA

This composite image of a galaxy illustrates how the intense gravity of a supermassive black hole can be tapped to generate immense power. The image contains X-ray data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory (blue), optical light obtained with the Hubble Space Telescope (gold) and radio waves from the NSF’s Very Large Array (pink).

This multi-wavelength view shows 4C+29.30, a galaxy located some 850 million light years from Earth. The radio emission comes from two jets of particles that are speeding at millions of miles per hour away from a supermassive black hole at the center of the galaxy. The estimated mass of the black hole is about 100 million times the mass of our Sun. The ends of the jets show larger areas of radio emission located outside the galaxy.

Full Story and Images: http://www.chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2013/4c2930/

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