Black hole hurtling across the plane of the Milky Way

Artist's impression shows an oblique view of our Milky Way galaxy. The black-hole system GRO J1655-40 is streaking through space at a rate of 400 000 kilometres per hour - 4 times faster than the average velocity of the stars in the galactic neighbourhood. The yellow star is our Sun.

Artist's impression shows an oblique view of our Milky Way galaxy. The black-hole system GRO J1655-40 is streaking through space at a rate of 400 000 kilometres per hour - 4 times faster than the average velocity of the stars in the galactic neighbourhood. The yellow star is our Sun.

Credit:

European Space Agency, NASA and Felix Mirabel (the French Atomic Energy Commission & the Institute for Astronomy and Space Physics/Conicet of Argentina)

About the Image

Id:heic0211b
Type:Artwork
Release date:18 November 2002, 15:00
Related releases:heic0211
Size:3000 x 2400 px

About the Object

Name:GRO J1655-40
Type:• Milky Way : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Black Hole
• Milky Way : Star : Grouping : Binary
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos
Distance:5500 light years


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