Standing out from the crowd

A lone source shines out brightly from the dark expanse of deep space, glowing softly against a picturesque backdrop of distant stars and colourful galaxies.

Captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS), this scene shows PGC 83677, a lenticular galaxy — a galaxy type that sits between the more familiar elliptical and spiral varieties in the Hubble sequence.

This image was obtained as part of the Coma Cluster Survey. It reveals both the relatively calm outskirts and intriguing core of PGC 83677. Here, studies have uncovered signs of a monstrous black hole that is spewing out high-energy X-rays and ultraviolet light.

Credit:

ESA/Hubble & NASA

Acknowledgements: Judy Schmidt (Geckzilla)

About the Image

Id:potw1637a
Type:Observation
Release date:12 September 2016, 06:00
Size:3471 x 2634 px

About the Object

Name:PGC 83677
Type:Local Universe : Galaxy : Type : Lenticular
Distance:300 million light years
Constellation:Coma Berenices
Category:Galaxies

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Coordinates

Position (RA):12 57 11.18
Position (Dec):27° 23' 49.42"
Field of view:2.90 x 2.20 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 45.5° right of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
475 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Infrared
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Optical
B
475 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS
Infrared
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
ACS

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