SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Jet Blasts, Saturn Moon, More

SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Jet Blasts, Saturn Moon, More
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September 14, 2009--Jets of radio emissions swirl from a supermassive black hole at the center of a large galaxy in the Hydra cluster, as seen in a composite picture recently released by the Chandra X-ray Observatory. The Chandra picture shows hot gases in blue, while the Very Large Array in New Mexico captured the radio jets, shown in red.

Chandra's data reveal that iron-rich gases--likely propelled by the black hole's jets--extend outward in the direction of the jets for more than 400,000 light-years. Astronomers think star explosions inside the galaxy are generating the iron-rich material.
—X-ray image courtesy NASA/CXC/U.Waterloo/C.Kirkpatrick et al.; radio: NSF/NRAO/VLA; optical: Canada-France-Hawaii-Telescope/DSS
 
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