Centaurus A: Black Hole Outflows From Centaurus A
This image of Centaurus A shows a spectacular new view of a supermassive black hole's power. Jets and lobes powered by the central black hole in this nearby galaxy are shown by submillimeter data (colored orange) from the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX) telescope in Chile and X-ray data (colored blue) from the Chandra X-ray Observatory. Visible light data from the Wide Field Imager on the Max-Planck/ESO 2.2 m telescope, also located in Chile, shows the dust lane in the galaxy and background stars. The X-ray jet in the upper left extends for about 13,000 light years away from the black hole. The APEX data shows that material in the jet is travelling at about half the speed of light.
Ignore the black hole part, and tell me if I'm seeing this right. How well does that image match up with this:
Do the jets? lobes? along the "central z-pinch" look like the "cosmic ray electrons" where the "double layer" sits above and below.
Then does it look like the rings are at the "z-pinch filament".
I wonder if the flip up and down of the ring edge occurs in a specific direction of the current flow, and if the flip occurs at the same place or does the whole thing rotate as well.
I haven't seen what direction the current flows on the diagram, unless the arrow showing "interstellar magnetic field" is the direction of flow.
So many questions, so few diagrams to help me "see" this stuff. I would love to have a Mathematica interactive model that we could just snap these various images into and see how they fit. (Note to self: Don't be so cheap, just go ahead and buy Mathematica. Grumble, grumble...)