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NGC 1365 Core (Chandra+HST) | by geckzilla
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NGC 1365 Core (Chandra+HST)

A composite utilizing both HST and CXO data to visualize x-ray emission from the galaxy's nucleus. Its bright central supermassive black hole is actively accreting matter and the surrounding disk is glowing hot with x-rays. Star formation encircling the nucleus also heats interstellar gas to create a diffuse, nebular glow further out from the nucleus.


An article describing the observations used to create this image that serendipitously caught a blob of dust eclipsing the black hole is here:


A Chandra-only image is here:

A wider, HST-only image is here:


This image was possible thanks to data from the following Chandra and HST proposals:

Solving the Enigmas of the Nearby Seyfert/Starburst Galaxy NGC1365 with Chandra ACIS-S

Active Galaxies and Quasars

PHANGS-HST: Linking Stars and Gas throughout the Scales of Star Formation


Chandra data:

Violet / Magenta overlay: ACIS .30-7.00 keV

Observation IDs: 3554, 6868-6873


HST data:

Red: WFC3/UVIS F814W

Green: WFC3/UVIS F555W

Blue: WFC3/UVIS F438W/F336W/F275W


North is 19° clockwise from up.

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Uploaded on August 23, 2019