Active Galaxy NGC 4438

A monstrous black hole's rude table manners include blowing huge bubbles of hot gas into space. At least, that's the gustatory practice followed by the supermassive black hole residing in the hub of the nearby galaxy NGC 4438. Known as a peculiar galaxy because of its unusual shape, NGC 4438 is in the Virgo Cluster, 50 million light-years from Earth.

Credit:

NASA/ESA, Jeffrey Kenney (Yale University), Elizabeth Yale (Yale University)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0021c
Type:Observation
Release date:5 June 2000, 16:30
Size:1269 x 747 px

About the Object

Name:IRAS 12252+1317, NGC 4438
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Component : Central Black Hole
• X - Galaxies Images/Videos
• X - Quasars/AGN/Black Hole Images/Videos
Distance:50 million light years
Constellation:Virgo

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
450 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
NII
658 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Infrared
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

Image Formats

Large JPEG
426.8 KB
Screensize JPEG
179.4 KB

Wallpapers

1024x768
356.7 KB
1280x1024
526.7 KB
1600x1200
717.0 KB

Also see our