Composite image of Abell 2597 brightest cluster galaxy

The background image (blue) is from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The foreground (red) is ALMA data showing the distribution of carbon monoxide gas in and around the galaxy. The pull-out box shows the ALMA data of the "shadow" (black) produced by absorption of the millimetre-wavelength light emitted by electrons whizzing around powerful magnetic fields generated by the galaxy's supermassive black hole. The shadow indicates that cold clouds of molecular gas are raining in on the black hole.

Credit:

B. Saxton (NRAO/AUI/NSF)/G. Tremblay et al./NASA/ESA Hubble/ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)

About the Image

Id:eso1618c
Type:Collage
Release date:8 June 2016, 19:00
Related releases:eso1618
Size:640 x 640 px

About the Object

Name:Abell 2597
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Component : Central Black Hole
Category:Quasars and Black Holes

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