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October 21, 1998 12:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-1998-28

Astronomers Unveil Colorful Hubble Photo Gallery


Image: Black Hole-Powered Spiral Galaxy NGC 7742

Black Hole-Powered Spiral Galaxy NGC 7742STScI-PRC1998-28

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What may first appear as a sunny side up egg is actually NASA Hubble Space Telescope's face-on snapshot of the small spiral galaxy NGC 7742. But NGC 7742 is not a run-of-the-mill spiral galaxy. In fact, this spiral is known to be a Seyfert 2 active galaxy, a type of galaxy that is probably powered by a black hole residing in its core. The core of NGC 7742 is the large yellow "yolk" in the center of the image. The lumpy, thick ring around this core is an area of active starbirth. The ring is about 3,000 light-years from the core. Tightly wound spiral arms also are faintly visible. Surrounding the inner ring is a wispy band of material, which is probably the remains of a once very active stellar breeding ground.

Object Name: NGC 7742

Image Type: Astronomical

Credit: The Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI/NASA)


The above image is part of a montage:

Montage Image: Heritage Montage Image Type: Astronomical Heritage Montage Saturn in Natural Colors Image Type: Astronomical Saturn in Natural ColorsPRC1998-29 The Sagittarius Star Cloud: A Sky Full of Glittering Jewels Image Type: Astronomical The Sagittarius Star Cloud: A Sky Full of Glittering JewelsPRC1998-30 The Bubble Nebula (NGC 7635) Image Type: Astronomical The Bubble Nebula (NGC 7635)PRC1998-31

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