Multi-panel image of 3C 321

A powerful jet from a supermassive black hole is blasting a nearby galaxy in the system known as 3C 321, according to new results from NASA/ESA. This galactic violence, never seen before, could have a profound effect on any planets in the path of the jet and trigger a burst of star formation in the wake of its destruction.

Credit:

X-ray: NASA/CXC/CfA/D.Evans et al.; Optical/UV: NASA/ESA/STScI; Radio: NSF/VLA/CfA/D.Evans et al., STFC/JBO/MERLIN

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0737b
Type:Collage
Release date:17 December 2007, 19:00
Size:5100 x 1792 px

About the Object

Name:3C 321
Type:• Early Universe : Galaxy : Type : Interacting
• Early Universe : Galaxy : Component : Central Black Hole
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos
Distance:z=0.096 ()


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