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Improved image of supermassive black hole

A radio image from the NSF’s Karl G. Jansky Very Large Array showing the center of our galaxy. The mysterious radio filament is the curved line located near the center of the image, and the supermassive black hole Sagittarius A* …

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Cosmic Magnifying Lens Reveals Inner Jets of Black Holes

Illustration shows the likely configuration of a gravitational lensing system discovered by OVRO. The “milli-lens” is located in or near the intervening spiral galaxy. The lens is magnifying blobs of jet material within the active galaxy PKS1413+135, but the blobs …

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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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Merging Galaxies Have Enshrouded Black Holes

This illustration compares growing supermassive black holes in two different kinds of galaxies. A growing supermassive black hole in a normal galaxy would have a donut-shaped structure of gas and dust around it (left). In a merging galaxy, a sphere …

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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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NuSTAR Spots Temperature Swings of Black Hole Winds

This artist’s concept illustrates a supermassive black hole with X-ray emission emanating from its inner region (pink) and ultrafast winds (light purple lines) streaming from the surrounding disk. Image credit: ESA Click for a full size image   NuSTAR Spots …

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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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Black Hole Deluged by Cold Intergalactic Rain

The cosmic weather report, as illustrated in this artist concept, calls for condensing clouds of cold molecular gas around the Abell 2597 Brightest Cluster Galaxy. The clouds condense out of the hot, ionized gas that suffuses the space between the …

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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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