View Full Version : On the Edge of a Supermassive Black Hole

2005-Sep-12, 03:12 AM
SUMMARY: New images obtained with the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope show the immediate surroundings of the supermassive black hole at the heart of active galaxy NGC 1068. This central region of an active galaxy can outshine the rest of the galaxy because its black hole is consuming material; NGC 1068's monster black hole would have to be 100 million times the mass of our Sun to account for the amount of radiation pouring out of it. These new images resolve down to only 3 light-years away from the black hole.

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