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M106 galaxy, composite image

M106 galaxy, composite image

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NASA / CXC / CALTECH / P.OGLE ET AL. / STSCI / JPL-CALTECH / NSF / NRAO / VLA / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY NASA / CXC / CALTECH / P.OGLE ET AL. / STSCI / JPL-CALTECH / NSF / NRAO / VLA / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

M106 galaxy. Composite image of the Messier 106 (M106) galaxy, which lies 23.5 million light years from Earth. This galaxy is typical of grand spiral galaxies, with dark dust lanes, youthful star clusters and star forming regions in trace spiral arms that converge on a bright nucleus (centre). But this image highlights two anomalous arms in radio (purple) and X-ray (blue) data that seem to arise in the central region and are evidence of energetic jets of material blasting into the galaxy's disk. The jets are likely powered by matter falling into a massive central black hole. Image composed of data obtained by the Chandra X-ray Observatory, Hubble Space Telescope, Spitzer Space Telescope and the Very Large Array telescope.

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