Multi-panel Image of 3C 321

Multi-panel Image of 3C 321

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News release ID: STScI-2007-37
Release Date: Dec 17, 2007
Image Use: Copyright
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A powerful jet from a supermassive black hole is blasting a nearby galaxy in the system known as 3C 321, according to new results from NASA. This galactic violence, never seen before, could have a profound effect on any planets in the path of the jet and trigger a burst of star formation in the wake of its destruction.

Active Galaxies/Quasars, Annotated Observations, Galaxies, Hubble Telescope, Observations


X-ray: NASA/CXC/CfA/D.Evans et al.;
Optical/UV: NASA/STScI;
Radio: NSF/VLA/CfA/D.Evans et al., STFC/JBO/MERLIN