Chandra Observes Cosmic Traffic Pile-Up In Energetic Quasar Jet Feature Summary

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From Physics Research
Title:
Chandra Observes Cosmic Traffic Pile-Up In Energetic Quasar Jet
Description:
This X-ray image of 3C273 shows a jet of energy shooting out of the quasar's bright center, thought to be home to a supermassive black hole. If you look closely you can see a small thread connecting the center to the bright spots of the jet. Scientists have observed that matter from that small thread moves very fast, then appears to slow down in the luminous part of the jet, akin to a "cosmic traffic pile-up" of matter. For more details, see Chandra Observes Cosmic Traffic Pile-Up In Energetic Quasar Jet.
Image:
image credit : NASA/CXC/SAO/H.Marshall et al.; <a href="http://chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2000/0131/0131_xray_420.jpg" target="_blank">image source</a>; <a href="http://www.physicstogo.org/images/features/3C273-large.jpg" target="_blank">larger image</a>
image credit : NASA/CXC/SAO/H.Marshall et al.; image source; larger image
Image URL:
http://www.compadre.org/Informal/images/features/3C273-large.jpg
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February 1, 2011 - March 12, 2011