Core of Galaxy NGC 4261- Artist Concept

This is an illustration of how the night sky might look to a dweller in the core of galaxy NGC 4261, which harbors an 800-light-year-wide disk of dust and 1.2 billion-solar-mass black hole.

This imaginary view is from a hypothetical planet inside the dust dusk, looking toward the black hole. The black hole's white-hot glow from super-heated gas is reddened by intervening dust.

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About the Image

NASA press release
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Id:opo9547b
Type:Artwork
Release date:4 December 1995, 12:30
Size:3000 x 2400 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
Category:Galaxies

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