Blazar galaxy 3C 279

Blazar galaxy 3C 279

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Caption: False-colour radio image of active galaxy 3C 279, a "blazar". Blazars are galaxies whose energy output increases massively over a period of a few months. It is thought that this increased energy output is due to a star near the centre of the galaxy being sucked into the black hole at the galaxy's core. 3C 279's energy output increased 17 times in the 8-month period up to March 1988. The image was recorded at the wavelength of 18cm by the MERLIN radio telescope array based at Jodrell Bank, England.

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Keywords: 3c 279, active, astronomy, black hole, blazar, cosmology, false-coloured, galactic, galaxy, radio astronomy, science

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