0402+379

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Description

VLBA 2 cm image of the radio galaxy 0402+379, which hosts two active supermassive black holes at its center. The location of each supermassive black hole is indicated on the image by an artist's conception of an accretion disk with narrow twin jets. These results are based upon multi-epoch, multi-frequency monitoring with the VLBA. The projected separation between the two black holes is 7.3 parsecs, making this the most compact binary black hole pair yet found by more than two orders of magnitude. The combined mass of the system is estimated at ~1.5 x 10^8 solar masses, and assuming equal masses the orbital period is 150,000 years. Though gravitational radiation from this system is not yet enough to cause the orbit to decay, the discovery of this system has implications for the number of compact binary black holes that might be detectable sources of gravitational radiation.

Creator

Legacy Astronomical Images

Rights

NRAO/AUI/NSF does not hold full copyright for this image. Contact the archivist for details.

Type

Legacy Astronomical Image

Object Name

0402+379

Photo Credit

Greg Taylor, University of New Mexico

Investigators

C. Rodriguez, G. B. Taylor, R. T. Zavala, A. B. Peck, L. K. Pollack, R. W. Romani

Telescope

Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA)

Observation Date

2005-01-24

Type of Observation

continuum

Band

U

Wavelength

2.0 cm

Frequency

15 GHz

Center of Image

RA 4:5:49.262, Dec: 38:3:32.235

Field of View

0.000014 x 0.000010 degrees

Link to journal article

Notes

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Series

Active Galactic Nuclei Series

Unit

Radio Galaxies Unit

Citation

Legacy Astronomical Images, “0402+379,” NRAO Archives, accessed December 3, 2021, https://www.nrao.edu/archives/items/show/33355.