Science and Exploration

3C353: Giant Plumes of Radiation

By Keith Cowing
October 31, 2013
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3C353: Giant Plumes of Radiation
NASA/JPL-Caltech/Harvard-Smithsonian CfA

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).
Image credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Tokyo Institute of Technology/J.Kataoka et al, Radio: NRAO/VLA. Larger images

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