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.

Credit:

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

About the Image

Id:heic1413a
Type:Observation
Release date:19 June 2014, 20:00
Related releases:heic1413
Size:1159 x 907 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 5548
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Component : Central Black Hole
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos
• X - Quasars/AGN/Black Hole Images/Videos
Distance:250 million light years

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547 nm Hubble Space Telescope
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330 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
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550 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS

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