Ring Around a Suspected Black Hole in Galaxy NGC 4261

Ring Around a Suspected Black Hole in Galaxy NGC 4261

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News release ID: STScI-1995-49
Release Date: Nov 29, 1995
Image Use: Copyright
About this image

The gravitational pull of a suspected super-massive black hole forms a frisbee-like disk of cool gas, at the core of an energetic galaxy. Subsequent Hubble observations of yet another active galaxy (M87) confirmed the reality of monstrous black holes - gravitational "sink holes" that trap everything, even light. (Image Released: November 1992)


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Active Galaxies/Quasars, Astronomical, Black Holes, Exotic, Galaxies, Hubble Telescope

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Credit: L. Ferrarese (Johns Hopkins University) and NASA