Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- M106 Across the Spectrum
Posted on 07/04/2014 9:25:25 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Explanation: The spiral arms of bright, active galaxy M106 sprawl through this remarkable multiwavelength portrait, composed of image data from radio to X-rays, across the electromagnetic spectrum. Also known as NGC 4258, M106 can be found toward the northern constellation Canes Venatici. The well-measured distance to M106 is 23.5 million light-years, making this cosmic scene about 60,000 light-years across. Typical in grand spiral galaxies, dark dust lanes, youthful star clusters, and star forming regions trace spiral arms that converge on a bright nucleus. But this composite highlights two anomalous arms in radio (purple) and X-ray (blue) that seem to arise in the central region of M106, evidence of energetic jets of material blasting into the galaxy's disk. The jets are likely powered by matter falling into a massive central black hole.
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[Credits -- X-ray: NASA / CXC / Caltech / P.Ogle et al.; Optical: NASA/STScI, IR - NASA/JPL-Caltech; Radio: NSF/NRAO/VLA]
“matter falling into a massive black hole”
That must be the capitol of M106.
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I marvel at God’s handiwork !
Polar jets, angled from where they should be.
Takes a merger between two large black holes to move the polar jets like that.
Hi, Darks. Thank you for that interesting information.
I didn’t know that you studied astronomy.
Thank you for the post and ping, Mr. Civilizations.
It is interesting to read about.
It would appear that there was some merger of some type immediately prior to the formation of the polar jets.