Black Holes Stir Up Galaxies

Chandra_313_1024

chandra_313 January 10th, 2006

Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/U. Ohio/T.Statler & S.Diehl; Optical: DSS

Chandra images of 56 elliptical galaxies have revealed evidence for unsuspected turmoil. As this sample gallery of X-ray (blue & white) and optical (gray & white) images shows, the shapes of the massive clouds of hot gas that produce X-ray light in these galaxies differ markedly from the distribution of stars that produce the optical light. A powerful source of energy must be pushing the hot gas around and stirring it up every hundred million years or so. Scientists' analysis of the Chandra data indicates that this energy source can be traced back to the supermassive black hole in the galaxies' central regions.

Image Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2006/galaxies/

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

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

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Image Details

Image Type
Collage
Object Name
NGC 0507
Subject - Local Universe
Galaxy > Type > Elliptical

Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 1h 23m 39.0s
DEC = 33° 15’ 24.0”
Constellation
Pisces

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Arrow_left_blue Chandra (ACIS) X-ray (X-ray) 826.7 pm
Arrow_left_grayscale DSS (DSS2B) Optical (B-band) 443.0 nm
Spectrum_xray1
Arrow_top_blue
Arrow_top_grayscale
Chandra_313_1280
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ID
313
Subject Category
C.5.1.4  
Subject Name
NGC 0507
Credits
X-ray: NASA/CXC/U. Ohio/T.Statler & S.Diehl; Optical: DSS
Release Date
2006-01-10
Lightyears
Redshift
Reference Url
http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2006/galaxies/
Type
Collage
Image Quality
Good
Distance Notes
Facility
Chandra, DSS
Instrument
ACIS, DSS2B
Color Assignment
Blue, Grayscale
Band
X-ray, Optical
Bandpass
X-ray, B-band
Central Wavelength
0.8267, 443
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
20.9125, 33.2566666666667
Reference Dimension
Reference Pixel
Scale
Rotation
Coordinate System Projection:
Quality
Position
FITS Header
Notes
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 Center
Publisher ID
chandra
Resource ID
galaxies.tif
Metadata Date
2013-09-05T15:48:10-04:00
Metadata Version
1.2
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