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Super-massive black hole inflates giant bubble

» Thursday 8 November 2012

Using the brand-new radio telescope LOFAR (Low Frequency Array), an international team has produced one of the best images ever made at the lowest frequencies of giant bubbles produced by a super-massive black hole, harboured by the giant elliptical galaxy M87. The picture shows what looks like a giant balloon filled with radio emitting plasma, which exceeds the size of an entire galaxy.

More details can be found in the Observatoire de Paris press release.

Reference: “M 87 at metre wavelengths: the LOFAR picture”, de Gasperin et al., A&A 547, A56