SS 433 Radio / X-Ray Star

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Description

This VLA image of the x-ray and radio-emitting star SS 433 is in the Milky Way Galaxy. It is reasonably close to the Earth, hence we can study it in great detail.
Galactic: Radio/X-Ray Star. This VLA image of the x-ray and radio-emitting star SS 433 is in the Milky Way Galaxy. It is reasonably close to the Earth, hence we can study it in great detail. In particular, we find that the regions of radio emission seen here are being expelled from the star at nearly one-third the speed of light. From month-to-month and even from day-to-day, the shape of the radio image changes as a result of these rapid motions. Since SS 433 looks like the bright radio galaxies with its relativistic jets of radio emission we presume that the physics of these objects is also similar. The changes we can see in SS 433 probably happen over centuries in the radio galaxies; this makes SS 433 a "Roseta Stone" for the physics of radio sources.

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

SS 433

Photo Credit

NRAO/AUI

Investigators

W.S. Gilmore, E.R. Seaquist, J.T. Stocke, P.C. Crane

Telescope

Very Large Array (VLA)

Observation Date

1979-00-00

Type of Observation

continuum

Center of Image

RA 0:0:0.000, Dec: 0:0:0.000 (B1950)

Field of View

0.004167 x 0.004167 degrees

Link to journal article

Notes

Contact the archivist for a high resolution tif of this image.

Series

Galactic Sources Series

Unit

Black Holes Unit

Citation

Legacy Astronomical Images, “SS 433 Radio / X-Ray Star,” NRAO Archives, accessed December 3, 2021, https://www.nrao.edu/archives/items/show/33423.