This composite image of a galaxy illustrates how the intense gravity of a supermassive black hole can be tapped to generate immense power. The image contains X-ray data from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory (blue), optical light obtained with the Hubble Space Telescope (gold) and radio waves from the NSF's Very Large Array (pink).
Fast Facts for 4C+29.30:
Scale: Image is 45 arcsec on a side ((180,000 light years)
Category: Quasars & Active Galaxies
Coordinates (J2000): RA 08h 40m 02.40s | Dec +29° 49' 02.60"
Observation Date: 4 pointings between Feb 18 and Feb 25, 2010
Observation Time: 79 hours 33 min (3 days 7 hours 33 min)
Obs. ID: 11688, 11689, 12106, 12119
Distance Estimate: About 850 million light years (z=0.0647)