“For the first time an experiment has been carried out whose purpose was to make a map of the compact nucleus of galaxy 0716+714. Telescopes of the European network of very long-baseline radio technical facilities, including Russian Kvazar-KVO systems and observatories in Ukraine and in Japan, were involve din it,” Roscosmos said in a statement.
The nucleus is 0.2 parsecs large, the statement said. “Mass-scale examinations of the nuclei of active galaxies in all ranges covered by RadioAstron are continuing.”
RadioAstron’s record to date is detection of compact details in the center of galaxy OJ287, Roscosmos said. “The result is resolution that is far better the maximum resolution achievable by ground-based interferometers operating at this wavelength and hundreds of times better that the resolution obtainable by the Hubble Telescope,” it said.