FRII radio galaxy
Title: FRII radio galaxy
Description: A Fanaroff & Riley Class 2 radio galaxy at radio wavelengths, showing the classical narrow jet, giant radio lobes and hotspots
Maker: Emma Rigby, Freelance editor & ex-astronomer
Techniques used: Crochet & rather rudimentary embroidery
Inspiration: "I find radio galaxies to be beautiful and fascinating objects. I studied them for my thesis and there are still so many things that we don't understand about them. My square shows an FRII, which, at the time of my PhD, were mainly thought to be the most radio luminous of the two FR classes. However, the advent of new, low- frequency, radio telescopes like LOFAR is revealing that they're a bit more complicated than that (unsurprisingly!) I was inspired to make this square after seeing the wealth of radio galaxies in the latest results from the LOFAR deep survey. My new year's resolution was to learn how to crochet, and mastering this skill has really helped me get through the chaos of this year. It was the obvious choice for my submission."
Social media: @allinthegutter