Radio Galaxy Painting A (Pictor A)

(ORDO NEWS) — Pictor A or Pictor A is an atypical galaxy located at a distance of about 500 million light-years from the solar system . This galaxy hides a “gluttonous” supermassive black hole at its center.

Radio Galaxy Painting A Pictor A© X-ray: NASA/CXC/Univ of Hertfordshire/M.Hardcastle et al., Radio: CSIRO/ATNF/ATCA — CHANDRA X-ray Observatory CXC Operated for NASA by SAO

As matter approaches the event horizon, the black hole’s point of no return, the falling material releases massive amounts of gravitational energy.

This energy forms a gigantic beam or jet of charged particles (jet) flying at near-light speed into intergalactic space.

To image this jet, astronomers used NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory, which made 14 observations of Pictor A between January 2000 and January 2015.

The Chandra X-ray data (blue) was then supplemented with radio data (red). color) taken by the Australian Compact Array Radio Telescope (ATCA), which produced the final image you see in front of you.


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