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Supermassive black hole at the heart of NGC 5548 | by Hubble Space Telescope / ESA
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Supermassive black hole at the heart of NGC 5548

This is the galaxy known as NGC 5548. At its heart, though not visible here, is a supermassive black hole behaving in a strange and unexpected manner. Researchers detected a clumpy gas stream flowing quickly outwards and blocking 90 percent of the X-rays emitted by the black hole. This activity could provide insights into how supermassive black holes interact with their host galaxies.

 

More information: www.spacetelescope.org/images/heic1413a/

 

Credit:

ESA/Hubble and NASA. Acknowledgement: Davide de Martin.

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Taken on June 19, 2014