compact radio source

compact radio source

[′käm·pakt ′rād·ē·ō ‚sȯrs]
(astronomy)
A source of radio-frequency radiation outside the solar system whose flux at an intermediate radio frequency is dominated by the contribution from a single bright component less than 1 kiloparsec (1.9 × 1016 miles or 3.1 × 1016 kilometers) in diameter.
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This was the name of the compact radio source detected at the black hole's position; the * emphasizes its unusual nature.
Moreover, this change in speed is directed toward a compact radio source, called Sagittarius A*, that lies at the presumed location of the black hole.
In recent years attention has focused on a compact radio source called Sgr A* ('Sagittarius A star').
In a separate study, researchers have for the first time directly detected infrared emissions from a compact radio source, Sagittarius A*, which has been identified as a candidate for the black hole thought to lie at our galaxy's center.
Among specific topics are connections between jet parameters and black hole masses in quasars, where accretion disk around black holes end, the x-ray view of compact radio sources, scientific highlights of the MAGIC collaboration observations of AGN, winds and outflows from supermassive black holes, and a dichotomy in radio jet orientation in elliptical galaxies.
The spectra were taken of previously identified compact radio sources in the nearby spiral galaxy NGC 6946.
The team used the worldwide Very Long Baseline Array (VLBA) to measure the annual parallax shift of four compact radio sources in the nebula.

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