Radio Quasar 3C175

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This image shows the radio emission from relativistic streams of high energy particles generated by the quasar. This is a classic double-lobed radio source. Astronomers believe that the jets are fueled by material accreting onto a super-massive black hole at the center of the host galaxy (not shown in this image). The high energy particles are confined to remarkably well collimated jets, and are shot into extragalactic space at speeds approaching the speed of light, where they eventually balloon into massive radio lobes. The overall linear size is of the radio structure is 212 kpc (for a Hubble constant of 100 km/s/Mpc), which can be compared to a typical galaxy diameter of about 30 kpc. The quasar has double lobes with prominent hot spots, and has a narrow jet, but no counter-jet. Its possible that we only see the jet that is pointing toward us, which may be "Doppler boosted" in brightness when the particles emitting the radio radiation are moving toward us at close to the speed of light. The counter-jet would be moving away from us, and would thus not experience Doppler boosting. The jet brightens and bends as it enters its lobe.

Investigator(s):  Alan Bridle, David Hough, Colin Lonsdale, Jack Burns and Robert Laing

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Technical Data

    Telescope VLA 
    Date of Observation 1986-03-29 
    Type of Observation Continuum Observations 
    Band C 
    Wavelength 6 cm 
    Frequency 5.0 GHz 
    Center of Image RA: 07:13:2.40, Dec: 11:46:14.60  
    Field of View 0.0200 x 0.0100 degrees  
    Technical Caption This quasar is at a redshift of z=0.768. VLA 4.9 GHz image at 0.35 arcsec resolution  

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