3C 130

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Description

VLA 20 cm map of radio source 3C 130, an elliptical galaxy in a distant cluster emitting two oppositely-directed narrow "jets" of radio emission from a small bright source in its nucleus. Such "twin-jet" sources are thought to arise when violent events in the nuclei of galaxies cause streams of particles moving almost at the velocity of light to break out of dense gas layers close to the center of the galaxy. Twin-jet nature of the sources may reflect flattened form of gas distribution in orbital motion around a central black hole in galactic nucleus. Studies of such jets at the VLA give clues to nature of energy transport from active central regions of galaxies to distant radio structures. This map shows inner faint jets opening into gently curved lobes, with radio core in central spot.
The VLA was in the "construction" configuration, using 13 antennas.

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

3C130

Photo Credit

NRAO/AUI/NSF

Investigators

E.B. Fomalont, R.A. Perley, A.H. Bridle, A.G. Willis

Telescope

Very Large Array (VLA)

Observation Date

1979-03-00

Type of Observation

continuum

Center of Image

RA 4:52:52.800, Dec: 52:4:47.000 (J2000)

Field of View

0.055556 x 0.055556 degrees

Notes

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Series

Active Galactic Nuclei Series

Unit

Radio Galaxies Unit

Citation

Legacy Astronomical Images, “3C 130,” NRAO Archives, accessed December 3, 2021, https://www.nrao.edu/archives/items/show/33379.