The hidden engine of NGC 4945

Portrayed in this image is the spiral galaxy NGC 4945, a close neighbour of the Milky Way. Belonging to the Centaurus A group of galaxies, it is located at a distance of almost 13 million light-years. Showing a remarkable resemblance to our own galaxy, NGC 4945 also hides a supermassive black hole behind the thick, ring-shaped structure of dust visible in the picture. But, unlike the black hole at the centre of our Milky Way, the million-solar-mass black hole inside NGC 4945 is an Active Galactic Nucleus that is frantically consuming any surrounding matter, and so releasing tremendous amounts of energy.

This image combines observations performed through three different filters (B, V, R) with the 1.5-metre Danish telescope at the ESO La Silla Observatory in Chile.

Mynd/Myndskeið:

ESO/IDA/Danish 1.5 m/R. Gendler and C. Thöne

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Auðkenni:potw1007a
Tegund:Athuganir
Útgáfudagur:Feb 15, 2010, 11:21 CET
Stærð:2970 x 1800 px

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Nafn:NGC 4945
Tegund:Local Universe : Galaxy : Component : Central Black Hole
Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Spiral
Fjarlægð:13 milljón ljósár
Constellation:Centaurus
Flokkur:Galaxies

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Position (RA):13 5 24.66
Position (Dec):-49° 28' 0.35"
Field of view:19.54 x 11.84 arcminutes
Stefna:Norður er 45.0° højre frá lóðréttu

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TíðnisviðSjónauki
Sýnilegt
B
Danish 1.54-metre telescope
Sýnilegt
V
Danish 1.54-metre telescope
Sýnilegt
R
Danish 1.54-metre telescope

 

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