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.


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

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
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
Distance:z=0.146 (redshift)

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606 nm Hubble Space Telescope

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