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October 26, 2004


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SS 433 Corkscrew: Graphics

VLA image of the microquasar SS 433, in the constellation Aquila. This image was made using 10 hours of observing time on the VLA, which was configured to provide the greatest amount of detail in the image. The image shows the corkscrew-like path of subatomic particles that were shot from the core of the microquasar.

Greyscale version of the new VLA image of SS 433, with a red-and-blue line indicating the path that would be taken by subatomic particles ejected at a constant speed from the object's core. Note that the red-and-blue line does not match well the particle path traced in the image.

The same greyscale version of the image, but with multicolored beads representing a particle ejection every 10 days, with the ejections at different speeds. Beads the same color on each side of the core indicate same-speed ejections in both directions. Note that now, the particle paths match the paths in the image quite well.

CREDIT: Blundell & Bowler, NRAO/AUI/NSF

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory is a facility of the National Science Foundation, operated under cooperative agreement by Associated Universities, Inc.

Modified on Tuesday, 26-Oct-2004 15:11:44 EDT