Radio Galaxy 3C288

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About this Image

This is an unusual radio galaxy. It has double lobes with plume-like extensions. 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 size of this source is 104 kpc, and there is an abbreviated jet and counterjet.

Investigator(s):  Alan Bridle, Jacob Callcut, and Ed Fomalont

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Technical Data

    Telescope VLA 
    Date of Observation 1980-03-25 
    Type of Observation Continuum Observations 
    Band X 
    Wavelength 3.6 cm 
    Frequency 8.4 GHz 
    Center of Image RA: 13:38:49.99, Dec: 38:51:9.50 (J2000)  
    Field of View 0.0070 x 0.0070 degrees  
    Technical Caption Radio galaxy at z=0.246 (778/h Mpc, H = 100h km/s/Mpc). VLA 8.4 GHz image at 0.2 arcsec resolution.  

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