Is there a black hole in this galaxy ?

This is a photo of Arakelian 120, an AGN galaxy which may contain a massive black hole at its centre, cf. ESO Press Release eso8709. The bright nucleus is overexposed and the underlying galaxy is only faintly visible. Most of the other objects in this field are stars in the Milky Way Galaxy.



About the Image

Release date:16 June 1987
Related releases:eso8709
Size:1764 x 1311 px

About the Object

Name:Arakelian 120
Type:• Local Universe : Galaxy : Component : Central Black Hole
• X - Quasars & Black Holes
Distance:450 million light years

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Position (RA):5 16 11.48
Position (Dec):0° 8' 59.25"
Field of view:9.09 x 6.76 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 1.4° left of vertical
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