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.



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Release date:14 May 1998, 06:00
Size:473 x 601 px

About the Object

Name:Centaurus A, IRAS 13225-4245, NGC 5128
Type:Unspecified : Star : Circumstellar Material : Disk : Accretion
Quasars and Black Holes

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