Superwind Sculpts Filamentary Features

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chandra_67 February 19th, 2003

Credit: NASA/CXC/STScI/U.North Carolina/G.Cecil

Chandra's X-ray image (blue) combined with Hubble's optical image (red and green) reveal towering filaments of warm (about ten thousand degrees Celsius) and hot (about ten million degrees Celsius) gas that blend to create the bright horseshoe-shaped feature near the center. This feature is thought to have been formed when a superwind of hot gas collided with cold gas in the galactic disk. The full extent of the superwind shows up as a fainter conical cloud of X-ray emission surrounding the filaments. Superwinds originate in the centers of galaxies either from activity generated by supermassive black holes, or by bursts of supernova activity.

Provider: Chandra X-ray Observatory

Image Source: http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2003/ngc3079/

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 3079

Distance

Universescale2
55,000,000 light years

Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 10h 1m 57.9s
DEC = 55° 40’ 51.2”
Constellation
Ursa Major

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Arrow_left_green HST (WFPC2) Optical (NII) 658.0 nm
Arrow_left_red HST (WFPC2) Optical (I-band) 814.0 nm
Arrow_left_blue Chandra (ACIS) X-ray (X-ray) 826.7 pm
Spectrum_xray1
Arrow_top_green
Arrow_top_red
Arrow_top_blue
Chandra_67_1280
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ID
67
Subject Category
Subject Name
NGC 3079
Credits
NASA/CXC/STScI/U.North Carolina/G.Cecil
Release Date
2003-02-19
Lightyears
5.5e7
Redshift
5.5e7
Reference Url
http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2003/ngc3079/
Type
Collage
Image Quality
Good
Distance Notes
Facility
HST, HST, Chandra
Instrument
WFPC2, WFPC2, ACIS
Color Assignment
Green, Red, Blue
Band
Optical, Optical, X-ray
Bandpass
NII, I-band, X-ray
Central Wavelength
658, 814, 0.8267
Start Time
1998-11-26 T2:10:14, 1998-11-26T10:49:14, 2001-03-07T07:48:39
Integration Time
8900, 800, 26920
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
J2000
Reference Value
150.4913618, 55.6808864
Reference Dimension
Reference Pixel
Scale
Rotation
Coordinate System Projection:
TAN
Quality
Position
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 Center
Publisher ID
chandra
Resource ID
ngc3079_comp.tif
Metadata Date
2012-07-27T12:03:33-04:00
Metadata Version
1.2
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Universescalefull
55,000,000 light years