The Very Large Array sees fountains of hot gas erupting from a beastly black hole in the heart of a large galaxy known to radio astronomers as Hercules A. For millions of trillions of miles, these jets shoot through space, finally slowing when they reach ancient gaseous hiccups left behind by this galaxy’s earliest days of star-forming fury.
Telescope: VLA; VLA; VLA; HST; HST
Band: C; C; X; I; -
Date: 2010-09-02; 2010-09-02; 2010-09-02; 2012-10-08; 2012-10-08
Center: RA: 16:51:09.52, Dec: 4:59:53.09
Field of View: 3.2 x 2.3 arcminutes