Black Hole Jet

img_lrg/vlbi.jpg not found

© Steven Tingay, Curtin University, Australia.

This image, taken using Very Long Baseline Interferometry (VLBI) shows relativistic jets produced by a black hole nearly 10 million light-years from our galaxy. The black hole is at the lower end of the bright linear structure, where the emission intensity is highest. One of the bi-directional jets is ejected to the top left of the image. The opposing jet is ejected to the lower right of the image. The jet to the lower right is receding from us and is therefore much fainter than the jet to the upper left, which is approaching us. This is among the highest resolution images ever achieved in astronomy. Its literally astronomical resolution is made possible by employing atomic clocks at each globally spaced radio observatory that compose the interferometer system. (Unit: 5)