National Astronomical Observatory of Japan

3-D Observations of the Outflow from an Active Galactic Nucleus

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A Japanese team of astronomers, led by Toru Misawa (Shinshu University), has used the Subaru Telescope to observe a distant gravitationally-lensed quasar and probed an active galactic nucleus in its central region. Looking through multiple sight lines, the astronomers obtained a 3-D view of the quasar and discovered complex small structures inside outflows from the galactic nucleus. These outflows will spread widely and eventually affect the evolution of the host galaxy.

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[Figure] An artist's rendition of the central region of the quasar. (Credit: Shinshu University and the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan)


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