Radio waves, like visible light, are electromagnetic radiation and radio telescopes can "see" -- their signals translated into radio images of the cosmos. While individually even the largest radio telescopes have very blurry vision compared to their optical counterparts, networks of radio telescopes can combine signals to produce sharper pictures. In fact, using a supercomputer in New Mexico, USA and technique called VLBI (Very Long Baseline Interferometry), the European network of radio telescopes (EVN) have produced pictures of distant galaxies at a resolution some three times higher than the Hubble Space Telescope. Pentrating obscuring dust, the false-color EVN radio images are inset above according to their relative location in an optical image of the famous Hubble Deep Field region of the sky. (Yellow lines superimposed on the optical image are radio intensity contours from a single telescope) The bright cosmic radio source in the middle of each inset corresponds to a galaxy. Impressively, the radio sources appear to be so small, less than about 600 light-years across in actual size, that they are thought to be associated with massive central black holes in the distant deep field galaxies.
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Publications with keywords: black hole - radiotelescope - Hubble Deep Field
Publications with words: black hole - radiotelescope - Hubble Deep Field
- Arecibo Telescope Collapse
- The Very Large Array at Moonset
- GW190521: Unexpected Black Holes Collide
- APOD: 2020 August 25 Á Visualization: A Black Hole Accretion Disk
- APOD: 2020 July 26 Á A Flight through the Hubble Ultra Deep Field
- Radio, The Big Ear, and the WOW Signal
- A Black Hole Disrupts a Passing Star