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Baby Black Hole (NASA, Chandra, 06/15/11)

This is an artist's impression of a growing supermassive black hole located in the early Universe, showing a disk of gas rotating around the central object that generates copious amounts of radiation. This gas is destined to be consumed by the black hole. The black hole's mass is less than one hundredth of the mass it will have when the Universe reaches its present day age of about 13.7 billion years.


Credit: Credit: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss


This concept is related to this image from Chandra:



Read entire caption/view more images: chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2011/cdfs/more.html


Caption credit: Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics


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Uploaded on June 21, 2011