Active galaxy Markarian 509
This image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows the galaxy Markarian 509. The bright object at the centre of the galaxy, which appears like a star, is an active galactic nucleus. This is a bright celestial phenomenon caused by matter glowing as it falls into a supermassive black hole at the heart of the galaxy.
The surroundings of the black hole in Markarian 509 have been studied in a major campaign which includes the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, as well as other telescopes in space and on the ground.
NASA, ESA, J. Kriss (STScI) and J. de Plaa (SRON)
About the Image
|Release date:||29 September 2011, 14:10|
|Size:||1500 x 1500 px|
About the Object
|Type:||Local Universe : Galaxy : Activity : AGN : Seyfert|
|Distance:||500 million light years|
|Position (RA):||20 44 9.73|
|Position (Dec):||-10° 43' 24.17"|
|Field of view:||0.17 x 0.17 arcminutes|
|Orientation:||North is 56.6° left of vertical|
Colours & filters
Hubble Space Telescope