Core of Galaxy NGC 4261

This is a Hubble Space Telescope image of an 800-light-year-wide spiral-shaped disk of dust fueling a massive black hole in the centreof galaxy, NGC 4261, located 100 million light-years away in the direction of the constellation Virgo.

Credit:

L. Ferrarese (Johns Hopkins University) and NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9547a
Type:Observation
Release date:4 December 1995, 12:30
Size:386 x 360 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 4261
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Elliptical
• Local Universe : Galaxy : Component : Central Black Hole
Distance:100 million light years
Constellation:Virgo

Image Formats

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Coordinates

Position (RA):12 19 23.21
Position (Dec):5° 49' 29.74"
Field of view:0.07 x 0.07 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 110.3° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
V
547 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
R
675 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Infrared
I
791 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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