Shells of Stars Ring Quasar in Giant Elliptical Galaxy

These sharp images taken with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope reveal at least five shells of stars surrounding a brilliant quasar at the heart of a giant elliptical galaxy. The image at left shows the quasar, known as MC2 1635+119, and its host galaxy [center] against a backdrop of distant galaxies. In the image at top,right, the shells can barely be seen because of the bright light from the central quasar.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, and G. Canalizo (University of California, Riverside)

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo0739a
Type:Collage
Release date:25 October 2007, 19:00
Size:3000 x 2400 px

About the Object

Name:MC2 1635+11.9, QSO B1635+119
Type:• Early Universe : Galaxy : Activity : AGN : Quasar
• X - Quasars/AGN/Black Hole Images/Videos
Distance:z=0.146 (redshift)

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
V
606 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS

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