Example of a jellyfish galaxy

Observations of “Jellyfish galaxies” with ESO’s Very Large Telescope have revealed a previously unknown way to fuel supermassive black holes. It seems the mechanism that produces the tentacles of gas and newborn stars that give these galaxies their nickname also makes it possible for the gas to reach the central regions of the galaxies, feeding the black hole that lurks in each of them and causing it to shine brilliantly.

This picture of one of the galaxies, nicknamed JO204, from the MUSE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile, shows clearly how material is streaming out of the galaxy in long tendrils to the lower-left. Red shows the glow from ionised hydrogen gas and the whiter regions are where most of the stars in the galaxy are located. Some more distant galaxies are also visible.

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ESO/GASP collaboration

Rreth fotografisë

Id:eso1725a
Tipi:Vëzhgim
Data e Publikimit:Gus 16, 2017, 19:00 CEST
Publikime të ngjashme:eso1725
Njoftime të ngjashme:ann19024
Përmasat:662 x 642 px

Rreth objektit

Emri:JO204
Tipi:Local Universe : Galaxy
Constellation:Sextans
Kategori:Galaxies

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Koordinatat

Position (RA):10 13 47.24
Position (Dec):0° 54' 45.68"
Field of view:1.09 x 1.06 arcminutes
Orientimi:Veriu është 90.4° majtas vertikales

Ngjyra & filtera

BandaGjatësi valeTeleskopi
Optik
OIII
500 nmVery Large Telescope
MUSE
Optik
Continuum
634 nmVery Large Telescope
MUSE
Optik
H-alpha
656 nmVery Large Telescope
MUSE