Via space collective
A compelling new image? You bet. Our knowledge of black holes, their emissions and effect on their local surroundings is increasing all the time. The mystery is slowly showing itself.
Filled with 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), we’re looking a power so intense we can’t even grasp its concept. This combined information reveals the incredible gravity of a supermassive black hole… one shooting off two jets of material and thought to be about 100 million times more massive than our Sun!
It’s catalog number is 4C+29.30 – a galaxy located some 850 million light years from Earth. While it doesn’t appear galaxy-like in the multi-wavelength view, this stunning new image is a portrait of the radio emissions which come from the jet activity. These intense forces are born in the center of the galaxy where the supermassive black hole lurks and the particle streams blow outward at speeds of millions of miles per hour. Where they appear to end is the outer boundaries of the galaxy and they show up as broad fields of radio emissions.
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