Fireworks near Galaxy NGC 4151

The Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS) simultaneously records, in unprecedented detail, the velocities of hundreds of gas knots streaming at hundreds of thousands of miles (or kilometres) per hour from the nucleus of NGC 4151, thought to house a supermassive black hole.

This is the first time the velocity structure in the heart of this object, or similar objects, has been mapped so vividly this close to its central black hole.

Credit:

John Hutchings (Dominion Astrophysical Observatory), Bruce Woodgate (GSFC/NASA/ESA), Mary Beth Kaiser (Johns Hopkins University), Steven Kraemer(Catholic University of America), and the STIS Team

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9718a
Type:Collage
Release date:9 June 1997, 18:45
Size:2400 x 3000 px

About the Object

Name:IRAS 12080+3941, NGC 4151
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
• Local Universe : Galaxy : Activity : AGN : Seyfert
• X - Quasars/AGN/Black Hole Images/Videos
• X - Cosmology Images/Videos
Distance:40 million light years

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
OIII
500 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
V
495 nm Hubble Space Telescope
STIS
Optical
V
500 nm Hubble Space Telescope
STIS

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