News tagged with optical emission

A new class of extragalactic objects

A blazar is a galaxy with an intensely bright central nucleus containing a supermassive black hole, much like a quasar. The difference is that a blazar can emit light with extremely high energy gamma rays ...

Oct 29, 2012
3.9 / 5 (14) 1 | with audio podcast

An Intriguing, Glowing Galaxy

A supermassive black hole may be responsible for the glowing appearance of galaxy 3C 305, located about 600 million light years away in the constellation Draco. Composite data from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory ...

May 14, 2009
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A black widow's Tango Mortale in gamma-ray light

Pulsars are the compact remnants from explosions of massive stars. Some of them spin around their own axis hundreds of times per second, emitting beams of radiation into space. Until now, they could only ...

Oct 25, 2012
5 / 5 (7) 0 | with audio podcast

A cosmic exclamation point

(PhysOrg.com) -- VV 340, also known as Arp 302, provides a textbook example of colliding galaxies seen in the early stages of their interaction. The edge-on galaxy near the top of the image is VV 340 North ...

Aug 12, 2011
4.3 / 5 (8) 42 | with audio podcast