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February 17, 2012 11:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2012-11

NASA's Hubble Spots a Relic from a Shredded Galaxy

February 17, 2012: Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope may have found evidence for a cluster of young, blue stars encircling HLX-1, one of the first intermediate-mass black holes ever discovered. Astronomers believe the black hole may once have been at the core of a now-disintegrated dwarf galaxy. The discovery of the black hole and the possible star cluster has important implications for understanding the evolution of supermassive black holes and galaxies.

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Credit: NASA, ESA, and S. Farrell (Sydney Institute for Astronomy, University of Sydney)