NASA's Hubble Spots a Relic from a Shredded Galaxy

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    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)

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    Charley Lhasa, ¬¬Lindisfarne, and 102 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. hannes vosgerau | unknown711 38 months ago | reply

      That's awesome!! Love it!


    2. Unlucky_Alf [deleted] 38 months ago | reply

      Great image.

    3. dodagp 38 months ago | reply

      Astounding image !!!
      Thank you NASA for the beauty you provide us apart from the new pages you add to the Space History.

    4. Salaatti 38 months ago | reply

      Fantastic photo!

    5. ouistitis 38 months ago | reply

      Wonderful !

    6. Cristyjan 38 months ago | reply

      great shot :)

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    8. dilysamaryllis 38 months ago | reply

      Wow, wonderful shot.

    9. Ander§aymon© 38 months ago | reply

      THE UNIVERSE IS ROUND, so nobody can see the end of it, you're looking the wrong way, think they are going straight and going in circles on it, run in circles in the dark is an eternal journey, think about it.

      Friend from Brazil.

    10. Catherine442 [deleted] 37 months ago | reply

      Amazing! Nice!

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