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Goddard TV Video Tape: G2011-058 -- Best Ever view of Black Hole's Jets



No Labels. Left: The giant elliptical galaxy NGC 5128 is the radio source known as Centaurus A. Vast radio-emitting lobes (shown as orange in this optical/radio composite) extend nearly a million light-years from the galaxy. Credit: Capella Observatory (optical), with radio data from Ilana Feain, Tim Cornwell, and Ron Ekers (CSIRO/ATNF), R. Morganti (ASTRON), and N. Junkes (MPIfR). Right: This radio image from the TANAMI project provides the sharpest-ever view of a supermassive black hole's jets. As seen here, the full extent of the jet and counterjet is 4.16 light-years, smaller than the distance between our sun and the nearest star. The image resolves details as small as 15 light-days across. Undetected between the jets is the galaxy's 55-million-solar-mass black hole. Credit: NASA/TANAMI/Muller et al. Radio Telescopes Capture Best-Ever Snapshot of a Black Hole's Jets