Through the elliptical haze

Like a lighthouse in the fog the luminous core of NGC 2768 slowly fades outwards to a dull white haze in this image taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

NGC 2768 is an elliptical galaxy in the constellation of Ursa Major (The Great Bear). It is a huge bundle of stars, dominated by a bright central region, where a supermassive black hole feasts on a constant stream of gas and dust being fed to it by its galactic host.

The galaxy is also marked by a prominent plume of dust reaching out from the centre and lying perpendicular to the galaxy’s plane. This dust conceals a symmetrical, s-shaped pair of jets that are being produced by the supermassive black hole as it feeds.

Credit:

ESA/HubbleNASA and S. Smartt (Queen's University Belfast)

About the Image

Id:potw1548a
Type:Observation
Release date:30 November 2015, 06:00
Size:4059 x 3902 px

About the Object

Name:NGC 2768
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Activity : AGN : Seyfert
Distance:60 million light years
Constellation:Ursa Major
Category:Galaxies

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Coordinates

Position (RA):9 11 29.22
Position (Dec):60° 1' 39.63"
Field of view:3.38 x 3.25 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 2.7° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
435 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
V
555 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
H-alpha
658 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Infrared
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS

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