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November 29, 1995 12:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-1995-49

HST's Greatest Hits 1990-1995

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Image: Ring Around a Suspected Black Hole in Galaxy NGC 4261

Ring Around a Suspected Black Hole in Galaxy NGC 4261STScI-PRC1995-49g

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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)

Object Name: NGC 4261

Image Type: Astronomical

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

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Montage Image: HST's Greatest Hits 1990-1995 Image Type: Astronomical HST's Greatest Hits 1990-1995PRC1995-49 Supernova 1987A: Halo for a Vanished Star Image Type: Astronomical Supernova 1987A: Halo for a Vanished StarPRC1995-49a The Orion Nebula: Stellar Birthplace Image Type: Astronomical The Orion Nebula: Stellar BirthplacePRC1995-49b The Cartwheel Galaxy: Result of a Bull's-Eye Collision Image Type: Astronomical The Cartwheel Galaxy: Result of a Bull's-Eye CollisionPRC1995-49c Comet P/Shoemaker-Levy 9 Bombards Jupiter Image Type: Astronomical Comet P/Shoemaker-Levy 9 Bombards JupiterPRC1995-49d Images of Spiral Galaxy M100 Before and After Hubble's First Servicing Mission Image Type: Astronomical Images of Spiral Galaxy M100 Before and After Hubble's First Servicing MissionPRC1995-49e An Earth-Sized Storm on Saturn Image Type: Astronomical An Earth-Sized Storm on SaturnPRC1995-49f Planetary Nebula NGC 6543: Gaseous Cocoon Around a Dying Star Image Type: Astronomical Planetary Nebula NGC 6543: Gaseous Cocoon Around a Dying StarPRC1995-49h Cygnus Loop: Blast Wave from a Stellar Time-Bomb Image Type: Astronomical Cygnus Loop: Blast Wave from a Stellar Time-BombPRC1995-49i Wispy Clouds, A Melting Ice Cap, and Dust-Storm-Free Surface on Mars Image Type: Astronomical/Illustration/Annotated Wispy Clouds, A Melting Ice Cap, and Dust-Storm-Free Surface on MarsPRC1995-49j

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