Wow, how infinitely incredible our universe is.
Why does this galaxy emit such spectacular jets? No one is sure, but it is likely related to an active supermassive black hole at its center. The galaxy at the image center, Hercules A, appears to be a relatively normal elliptical galaxy in visible light. When imaged in radio waves, however, tremendous plasma jets over one million light years long appear. Detailed analyses indicate that the central galaxy, also known as 3C 348, is actually over 1,000 times more massive than our Milky Way Galaxy, and the central black hole is nearly 1,000 times more massive than the black hole at our Milky Way's center.
The physics that creates the jets remains a topic of research with a likely energy source being infalling matter swirling toward the central black hole.
Originally posted by Soylent Green Is People
reply to post by elevenaugust
Just so I understand...
If I was there with my eyes, I would only see a normal galaxy -- right?
I would need "radio-vision" ( ) if I wanted to see those jets.
I wonder if there are alien creatures who can "see" in the radio spectrum.
edit on 12/5/2012 by Soylent Green Is People because: (no reason given)