Radio Quasar 3C351

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This image shows the radio emission from relativistic streams of high energy particles generated by the quasar. 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 230/h kpc (Hubble constant H = 100h km/s/Mpc). The lobes are faint and very extended, and there are unusually prominent hot spots and filaments in the North lobe. The jet is bright near the nucleus, but much fainter in the outer regions.

Investigator(s):  Alan H. Bridle, David H. Hough, Colin J. Lonsdale, Jack O. Burns and Robert A. 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: 17:04:41.44, Dec: 60:44:30.40 (J2000)  
    Field of View 0.0200 x 0.0100 degrees  
    Technical Caption FR II quasar at z=0.371. VLA 4.9 GHz image at 0.37 arcsec resolution  

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