Tale of Two Black Holes [X-ray]

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nustar_nustar150108b January 8th, 2015

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/GSFC

The real monster black hole is revealed in this new image from NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array of colliding galaxies Arp 299. This image shows the NuSTAR data alone.

Before NuSTAR, astronomers knew that the each of the two galaxies in Arp 299 held a supermassive black hole at its heart, but they weren't sure if one or both were actively chomping on gas in a process called accretion. The new high-energy X-ray data reveal that the supermassive black hole in the galaxy on the right is indeed the hungry one, releasing energetic X-rays as it consumes gas.

In this image, X-rays with energies of 4 to 6 kiloelectron volts are red, energies of 6 to 12 kiloelectron volts are green, and 12 to 25 kiloelectron volts are blue.

Image Source:

Curator: NuSTAR: Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, Pasadena, CA,

Image Use Policy: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/imagepolicy/

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
Arp 299 NGC 3690 IC 694
Subject - Local Universe
Galaxy » Type » Interacting
Galaxy » Grouping » Multiple

Distance

Universescale3
134,000,000 light years
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Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 11h 28m 32.0s
DEC = 58° 34’ 0.2”
Orientation
North is 6.8° CCW
Field of View
3.1 x 3.1 arcminutes
Constellation
Ursa Major

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Arrow_left_red NuSTAR X-ray (4-6 keV) 248.0 pm
Arrow_left_green NuSTAR X-ray (6-12 keV) 155.0 pm
Arrow_left_blue NuSTAR X-ray (12-25 keV) 62.0 pm
Spectrum_xray1w
Arrow_top_red
Arrow_top_green
Arrow_top_blue
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ID
nustar150108b
Subject Category
C.5.1.7   C.5.5.2  
Subject Name
Arp 299, NGC 3690, IC 694
Credits
NASA/JPL-Caltech/GSFC
Lightyears
134,000,000
Redshift
Reference Url
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Good
Distance Notes
Facility
NuSTAR, NuSTAR, NuSTAR
Instrument
Color Assignment
Red, Green, Blue
Band
X-ray, X-ray, X-ray
Bandpass
4-6 keV, 6-12 keV, 12-25 keV
Central Wavelength
0.24797, 0.15498, 0.061992
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
Reference Value
172.1332055, 58.5667355
Reference Dimension
3823.0, 3823.0
Reference Pixel
1912.5, 1912.5
Scale
-1.36583e-05, 1.3658322e-05
Rotation
6.76
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
NuSTAR: Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array
URL
http://www.nustar.caltech.edu
Name
Email
Telephone
Address
City
Pasadena
State/Province
CA
Postal Code
Country
Rights
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/imagepolicy/
Publisher
Publisher ID
nustar
Resource ID
Resource URL
/image/nustar/nustar150108b
Related Resources
Metadata Date
2015-01-08T18:16:41Z
Metadata Version
1.2
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Detailed color mapping information coming soon...

 

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Universescalefull
134,000,000 light years