NASA Unveils First Images From Chandra X-Ray Observatory

Chandra_289_1024

chandra_289 August 26th, 1999

Credit: NASA/CXC/SAO

PKS 0637-72 is so distant that we see it as it was 6 billion years ago. It is a luminous quasar that radiates with the power of 10 trillion suns. The source of this prodigious energy is believed to be a supermassive black hole. Chandra's X-ray image reveals a powerful X-ray jet extending away from the quasar that stretches across several hundred thousand light years. The jet, also observed by radio telescopes, is probably due to a beam of extremely high-energy particles.

Provider: Chandra X-ray Observatory

Image Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/1999/0064/

Curator: Chandra X-ray Observatory, Cambridge, MA, USA

Image Use Policy: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/image_use.html

Image Details

Image Type
Observation
Object Name
PKS 0637-72 PKS 0637-752
Subject - Local Universe
Galaxy > Activity > AGN > Quasar
Chandra_289_128
 

Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 6h 35m 45.3s
DEC = -75° 16’ 15.9”
Orientation
North is 7.2° CCW
Field of View
1.0 x 1.0 arcminutes
Constellation
Mensa

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Pseudocolor Chandra (ACIS) X-ray (X-ray) 826.7 pm
Spectrum_xray1
Pseudocolor
Chandra_289_1280
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ID
289
Subject Category
C.5.3.2.1.  
Subject Name
PKS 0637-72, PKS 0637-752
Credits
NASA/CXC/SAO
Release Date
1999-08-26
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/1999/0064/
Type
Observation
Image Quality
Good
Distance Notes
Facility
Chandra
Instrument
ACIS
Color Assignment
Pseudocolor
Band
X-ray
Bandpass
X-ray
Central Wavelength
0.8267
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
98.9388648, -75.2710885
Reference Dimension
2250.0, 2255.0
Reference Pixel
1126.0, 1128.5
Scale
7.0751e-06, 7.0751043e-06
Rotation
7.22
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Full
FITS Header
Notes
WCS retrieved using CXCs PinpointWCS
Creator (Curator)
Chandra X-ray Observatory
URL
http://chandra.harvard.edu
Name
Chandra X-ray Observatory Center
Email
cxcpub@cfa.harvard.edu
Telephone
617.496.7941
Address
60 Garden St.
City
Cambridge
State/Province
MA
Postal Code
02138
Country
USA
Rights
http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/image_use.html
Publisher
Chandra X-ray Observatory
Publisher ID
chandra
Resource ID
0064_xray.tif
Metadata Date
2010-11-17
Metadata Version
1.1
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