Interacting galaxies 3C 321, artwork

Interacting galaxies 3C 321, artwork

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Credit: NASA/CXC/M. WEISS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Interacting galaxies 3C 321. Artwork of the two galaxies (yellow) in the 3C 321 system and a radio jet (blue) emerging towards upper right from the larger galaxy (bottom left). The jet, composed of high-energy particles, is being generated by a supermassive black hole at the centre of the larger galaxy. This jet is striking the smaller companion galaxy and being disrupted and deflected by this impact. A large dust lane (black) is also seen in the larger galaxy. 3C 321 is 1.25 billion light years from Earth, in the constellation Serpens Caput. For a series of images of 3C 321, from a study carried out in 2007, including visible, radio, ultraviolet and X-ray observations, see images R826/124 to R826/130.

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