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False-colour X-ray image of quasar 3C 273

False-colour X-ray image of quasar 3C 273

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X-RAY ASTRONOMY GROUP LEICESTER UNIVERSITY SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY X-RAY ASTRONOMY GROUP LEICESTER UNIVERSITY SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

False colour X-ray image of quasar 3C 273 and its jet, recorded by the Eistein Observatory satellite. Earth at a distance of 2100 million light years. The quasar is a powerful emitter of radiation at all wavelengths. It emits over a million times more X-rays than our Milky Way galaxy. In this image, X-ray brightness is coded according to intensity, with the most intense areas in white and red. The red spot at lower right is the jet . The spokes around the quasar are due to the imaging system.

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