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Radio Galaxies

Radio Galaxies

Depicts: 3C265, 3C324, 3C368
Copyright: M. Longair (Cambridge University, England), NASA, and NRAO

These Hubble Space Telescope images, combined with radio maps produced by the Very Large Array Radio Interferometer (blue contour lines), show surprisingly varied and intricate structures of gas and stars that suggest the mechanisms powering radio galaxies are more complex than thought previously.

Left Image

3C265. Hubble resolves numerous bright star clusters or dwarf "satellite" galaxies surrounding a bright central compact structure. The line corresponds to the axis of the galaxy's radio emissions, which unlike other radio galaxies, is in a different direction from the optical region.

Center Image

3C324. A number of small interacting components are distributed roughly along the radio axis in this source. Comparison of the Hubble image with that from the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope suggests that the central regions of this galaxy are obscured by a large dust lane.

Right Image

3C368. One of the best studied radio galaxies, this image is composed of a very smooth cigar-shaped emission region closely aligned with the radio axis, upon which is superimposed a string of bright knots that might be stars or dust.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
14-Jun-2024 18:20 UT

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