Image: 3C353: Giant plumes of radiation

November 4, 2013
Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Tokyo Institute of Technology/J.Kataoka et al, Radio: NRAO/VLA

Jets generated by supermassive black holes at the centers of galaxies can transport huge amounts of energy across great distances.

3C353 is a wide, double-lobed source where the galaxy is the tiny point in the center and giant plumes of radiation can be seen in X-rays from Chandra (purple) and radio data from the Very Large Array (orange).

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1.6 / 5 (7) Nov 04, 2013
So where is the big source of accreting material that in turn enables the ejection of all that gas?
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