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Extended X-Ray Jet In Nearby Galaxy Reveals Energy Source

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October 28, 1999
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Chandra X-Ray Observatory Center
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NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has made an extraordinary image of Centaurus A, a nearby galaxy noted for its explosive activity. The image shows X ray jets erupting from the center of the galaxy over a distance of 25,000 light years. Also detected are a group of X-ray sources clustered around the nucleus, which is believed to harbor a supermassive black hole.

NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has made an extraordinary image of Centaurus A, a nearby galaxy noted for its explosive activity. The image shows X ray jets erupting from the center of the galaxy over a distance of 25,000 light years. Also detected are a group of X-ray sources clustered around the nucleus, which is believed to harbor a supermassive black hole. The X-ray jets and the cluster of sources may be a byproduct of a titanic collision between galaxies several hundred million years ago.


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Chandra X-Ray Observatory Center. "Extended X-Ray Jet In Nearby Galaxy Reveals Energy Source." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 28 October 1999. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1999/10/991028072403.htm>.
Chandra X-Ray Observatory Center. (1999, October 28). Extended X-Ray Jet In Nearby Galaxy Reveals Energy Source. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 17, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1999/10/991028072403.htm
Chandra X-Ray Observatory Center. "Extended X-Ray Jet In Nearby Galaxy Reveals Energy Source." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1999/10/991028072403.htm (accessed April 17, 2014).

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