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False-colour radio map of the quasar 1007+417, taken at a wavelength of 6cm with the Very Large Array radio telescope, New Mexico. The quasar has a tiny, bright core (red spot, top) which is emitting a long clumpy jet of matter (line of red patches) ending in an extended radio-emitting lobe (bottom). Quasars are thought to be the highly energetic nuclei of extremely distant young galaxies. Although only one bright jet is seen here, quasars often exhibit two opposed jets. These are thought to be beams of plasma which are emerging from the top & bottom of a thick doughnut of material swirling around a supermassive black hole. Observers: F.N. Owen & J.J. Puschell. This picture may not be used to state or imply the endorsement by NRAO, AUI or NSF of any company or product.
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