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Dazzling Spiral with an Active Heart

Dazzling galaxy Messier 77 ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) has captured a magnificent face-on view of the barred spiral galaxy Messier 77. The image does justice to the galaxy’s beauty, showcasing its glittering arms criss-crossed with dust lanes — but ...

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NuSTAR Probes Puzzling Galaxy Merger

Click for a full size image This optical image shows the Was 49 system, which consists of a large disk galaxy, Was 49a, merging with a much smaller “dwarf” galaxy Was 49b. The image was compiled using observations from the ...

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Self-made stars

This composite image shows powerful radio jets from the supermassive black hole at the center of a galaxy in the Phoenix Cluster inflating huge “bubbles” in the hot, ionized gas surrounding the galaxy. The cavities inside the blue region were ...

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The First Sighting of a Black Hole

One of the best views of the galactic center combines images from the Hubble, Spitzer, and Chandra space telescopes. An artist’s concept depicts the likely black hole within. (NASA/ESA/SSC/CXC/STSCL) Click for a full size image   The First Sighting of ...

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Journey to the centre of our galaxy

Image credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA) Click for a full size image Journey to the centre of our galaxy Peering deep into the heart of our home galaxy, the Milky Way, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope ...

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The sleeping giant

This image shows the elliptical galaxy NGC 4889 in front of hundreds of background galaxies, and deeply embedded within the Coma galaxy cluster. Well-hidden from human eyes, there is a gigantic supermassive black hole at the centre of the galaxy. ...

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How to Find and Study a Black Hole

Artwork by Sandbox Studio, Chicago with Ana Kova Artist’s rendering of black holes in space. Click for a full size image How to Find and Study a Black Hole Imagine, somewhere in the galaxy, the corpse of a star so ...

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Most Luminous Galaxy Is Ripping Itself Apart

This artist’s rendering shows a galaxy called W2246-0526, the most luminous galaxy known. New research suggests there is turbulent gas across its entirety, the first example of its kind. Image credit: NRAO/AUI/NSF; Dana Berry / SkyWorks; ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO) Click for ...

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