Hubble Finds Twisted Gas Disk from Galaxy Collision Fueling Nearest Active Black Hole
Using the infrared vision of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope to penetrate a wall of dust girdling the nearest active galaxy (NGC 5128) to Earth, astronomers have gotten an unprecedentet closeup look at a super-massive black hole caught in a feending frenzy triggered by a titanic collision between two galaxies.
Observations showed a hot gas disk surrounding the super-massive black hole as well as radio and x-ray jets created by it. The accretion disk and the black hole itself are too small to be observed directly.Credit:
NASA & ESA
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|Release date:||14 May 1998, 06:00|
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