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More Images of NGC 1068
Chandra X-ray Image of NGC 1068, Low Energy
This three-color low energy X-ray image of NGC 1068 (red = 0.4-0.6 keV, green = 0.6-0.8 keV, blue = 0.8-1.3 keV) shows gas rushing away from the the nucleus (bright white spot). The range of colors from blue to red corresponds to a high through low ionization of the atoms in the wind.
(Credit: NASA/CXC/MIT/UCSB/P.Ogle et al.)
Scale: Image is 30 arcsec per side.

Chandra X-ray Image of NGC 1068, High Energy
This three-color high energy X-ray image (red =1.3-3 keV, green = 3-6 keV, blue = 6-8 keV) of NGC 1068 shows gas rushing away from the nucleus. The brightest point-like source may be the inner wall of the torus that is reflecting X-rays from the hidden nucleus.
(Credit: NASA/CXC/MIT/UCSB/P.Ogle et al.)
Scale: Image is 30 arcsec per side.

HST Optical Image of NGC 1068
This optical image of the active galaxy NGC 1068, taken by Hubble's WFPC2, gives a detailed view of the spiral arms in the inner parts of the galaxy.
(Credit: NASA/STScI/A.Capetti et al.)
Scale: Image is 30 arcsec per side.

DSS Optical Image of NGC 1068, Wide Field
This DSS optical image shows a wider field of view of active galaxy NGC 1068. The location of the 30 arcsec Chandra observation is depicted by a square in the image to the right.
(Credit: Pal.Obs. DSS)
Scale: Each image is 12 arcmin per side

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Wind from Accretion Disk around a Black Hole
This illustration depicts a massive black hole at the center of a galaxy. Around it is a swirling disk of gas, which gradually pours down into the black hole. As the gas falls inward, it heats up and glows brightly, getting hotter and hotter the closer it is to the event horizon. Some of the gas is blown away from the disk like steam from a kettle. As this gas streams off the disk, the intense radiation generated by the very hot gas near the event horizon forces the escaping gas into a cone and accelerates it to speeds as high as a tenth the speed of light.
(Illustration: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss)

Illustration of Black Hole with Accretion Disk and Torus
Illustration of Black Hole with Accretion Disk and Torus
An artist's conception shows a black hole surrounded by a disk of hot gas, and a large doughnut or torus of cooler gas and dust. The light blue ring on the back of the torus is due to the fluorescence of iron atoms excited by X-rays from the hot gas disk.
(Illustration: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss)

Chandra X-ray/Optical Image with Scale Bar
Scale bar = 9 arcsec
(Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/MIT/UCSB/P.Ogle et al.; Optical: NASA/STScI/A.Capetti et al.)

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