M31's Intriguing Nucleus

M31's Intriguing Nucleus

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News release ID: STScI-2005-26
Release Date: Sep 20, 2005
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Hubble telescope observations have yielded insights into the Andromeda Galaxy's (M31's) complex nucleus. New images from Hubble uncovered a disk of young, hot, blue stars swirling around a supermassive black hole. The disk is nested inside an elliptical ring of older, cooler, red stars, seen in previous Hubble observations. The inset images show M31's bright core and a view of the entire galaxy.


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Black Holes, Exotic, Galaxies, Hubble Telescope, Illustrations, Spiral Galaxies

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Credit: NASA, ESA, and A. Feild (STScI)