Fermi Maps an Active Galaxy's 'Smokestack Plumes'
January 10, 2013
Fermi's Large Area Telescope resolved high-energy gamma rays from an extended region around the active galaxy Centaurus A. The emission corresponds to million-light-year-wide radio-emitting gas thrown out by the galaxy's supersized black hole. This inset shows an optical/gamma-ray composite of the galaxy and its location on the Fermi one-year sky map. Credit: NASA/DOE/Fermi LAT Collaboration, Capella Observatory
Topics: Space, Physics, Astronomy, Fermi, Environment, European Southern Observatory, Gamma ray, Enrico Fermi, Centaurus A, Spaceflight, Sonoma State University, Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope, Space telescopes, Astrophysics