Star cluster surrounds wayward black hole in cannibal galaxy ESO 243-49 (unlabelled)

This spectacular edge-on galaxy, called ESO 243-49, is home to an intermediate-mass black hole that may have been purloined from a cannibalised dwarf galaxy. The black hole, with an estimated mass of 50 million Suns, lies above the galactic plane. This is an unlikely place for such a massive back hole to exist, unless it belonged to a small galaxy that was gravitationally torn apart by ESO 243-49.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, and S. Farrell (University of Sydney, Australia and University of Leicester, UK)

About the Image

Id:heic1203b
Type:Observation
Release date:15 February 2012, 16:45
Related releases:heic1203
Size:1381 x 1063 px

About the Object

Name:ESO 243-49, ESO 243-49 HLX-1
Type:• Local Universe : Star : Grouping : Cluster
• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos
Distance:300 million light years

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1.6 μm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3

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