Close-up view of the nearest pair of supermassive black holes

Close-up view of the two bright galactic nuclei, each housing a supermassive black hole, in NGC 7727, a galaxy located 89 million light-years away from Earth in the constellation Aquarius. Each nucleus consists of a dense group of stars with a supermassive black hole at its centre. The two black holes are on a collision course and form the closest pair of supermassive black holes found to date. It is also the pair with the smallest separation between two supermassive black holes — observed just 1600 light-years apart in the sky.  

The image was taken with the MUSE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) at the Paranal Observatory in Chile.

Të drejtat:

ESO/Voggel et al.

Rreth fotografisë

Id:eso2117b
Tipi:Vëzhgim
Data e Publikimit:Nën 30, 2021, 14:00 CET
Publikime të ngjashme:eso2117
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Rreth objektit

Emri:NGC 7727
Tipi:Local Universe : Star : Evolutionary Stage : Black Hole
Distanca:90 milion vite dritë
Constellation:Aquarius
Kategori:Quasars and Black Holes

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Koordinatat

Position (RA):23 39 53.76
Position (Dec):-12° 17' 32.53"
Field of view:0.14 x 0.13 arcminutes
Orientimi:Veriu është 2.5° djathtas vertikales

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480 nmVery Large Telescope
MUSE
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625 nmVery Large Telescope
MUSE
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770 nmVery Large Telescope
MUSE